Heart Health: Preventing Heart Disease

The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body. Unfortunately, some people don’t take care of it the way that they should, which is where heart diseases come into play. According to Dr. Eugenia Gianos, Director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, 50% of heart disease is genetic.  There are so many factors that go into cardiovascular health, but heart disease is preventable. Here are the steps you can take to ensure you will have a healthy heart and a healthy life!

  • Reduce or stop smoking entirely. People who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack as opposed to those who don’t. The carbon dioxide found in tobacco decreases the amount of oxygen in your blood. Smoking also causes blood clots and increases your blood pressure. If you do smoke, try to cut down significantly. The earlier you stop smoking, the better.
  • Exercise on a regular basis. Physical activity helps lower your blood pressure and being active improves blood flow. Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily or weekly routine, if you don’t work out already. Start slow – take a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week, if possible.
  • Monitor your weight. The more fat a person has in their midsection, the more at risk they are for heart disease. Instead of eating outside food, cook meals at home more often. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate – meals like whole-grain pasta with marinara sauce or grilled chicken breasts with vegetables on the side shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to complete. Not only is it cheaper, but you have control over what ingredients are put in your food. However, if you don’t have time to cook, make smarter choices in the case that you do want to eat outside.
  • Maintain your stress. Chronic, repeated stress triggers your body’s fight-or-flight mode and high blood pressure. Deep breathing, yoga, and even meditation can help manage this.
  • Problems with sleep or lack of sleep can have a huge impact on your heart health. Things that may seem minor, like drinking alcohol or eating a big meal right before bed, can put you more at risk for heart disease. If you feel hungry before going to sleep, try to have a light snack to curb your cravings. Drinking alcohol before bed drastically affects the quality of your sleep. If you do want to drink, do it a few hours before so that it has time to get filtered out of your system through excretion and perspiration.

Heart disease prevention is solely based on what kind of lifestyle you are living. A report from the Centers for Disease Control revealed that heart disease killed around 415,000 Americans in 2016. It may be difficult at first, but you can start by making small changes one at a time. Taking a few simple steps will have a big impact on your heart and overall health.

 

Written by Dami Falade

Benefits of Encouraging Employees to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

The New Year is a great opportunity to advance individually and as a company. One of the best ways the company can grow is health-wise. Healthy employees improve the company’s culture and core values, therefore helping get the company to where it needs to be. Here are the benefits of supporting employees’ health:

Overall awareness. Employees will want to be more aware and have more of an incentive to pay attention to their health. Once they know your numbers – crucial indicators of health such as BMI, blood pressure, and cholesterol – they will have the knowledge to take the necessary steps needed to make lifestyle changes.

It’s cost-effective. According to a study done by the CDC, employers may accumulate costs – upwards of $2 billion annually, per condition – relating to absenteeism for employees with common risk factors such as obesity, smoking, or living a sedentary lifestyle.

Absenteeism. Healthy employees get don’t get sick as much, which means that they are less likely to miss work. Absenteeism decreases as much as 27% for those who have a healthier diet and exercise on a regular basis.

Productivity – When employees decide to take action in regards to their health, one of the ways they can make adjustments to their lifestyle is by exercise. Being active will, in turn, improve employee attitude, energy, and focus.

Health problems are inevitable, but good health begins with proper preventive care. When employees feel cared for and supported health-wise, they make work possible and help the company to succeed.

Preparing for Flu Season – Helpful tips to keep from spreading the flu

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for flu season. 10% of the population contracts the flu yearly. Though it may not seem like a high percentage, more people are affected than you think. Interacting with people who have been exposed to the flu is inevitable, but it doesn’t mean we can’t better prepare ourselves. Below are 5 tips to help you fight the flu:

 

  1. Get Vaccinated

Vaccinations are the best way to help the prevention of spreading the flu. Nova Medical Centers proudly offers onsite vaccinations. It is important to know the benefits of receiving flu vaccines.

 

  1. Sanitizers are your best friends

During flu season, sanitizing commonly used surfaces such as computer equipment, doorknobs, desks and telephones can help keep from spreading the flu. Use cleaning products and disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces.

 

  1. Wash your hands

Washing your hands several times a day prevents spreading flu germs. Germs can live on anything someone who is infected has touched for over two hours. It is advised to wash your hands several times a day. You soap and water to thoroughly wash hands. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

 

  1. Stay home when you’re sick

If you have the flu, the best thing you can do for yourself and others is to stay home. Staying home prevents the spreading of the flu.

 

  1. Exercise and eat healthy

Feeding your body the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and exercising regularly is proven to help you fight viruses. The healthier you are, the less prone to illnesses you become. Work-out regularly, eat your veggies and get plenty of sleep. Your body will thank you once flu season arrives.

 

Nova Medical Centers specializes in Occupational Health. We want to help you and your employees combat against the flu. Our Onsite Flu Shot Clinics provide flu shots without leaving the office or making appointments. Contact Nova Medical Centers for more information about scheduling an Onsite Flu Shot Clinic.

 

Written By: Nayda Sanchez

Self-Care Awareness Month: 4 Tips to Better Yourself

According to U.S Stress statistics , 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and 73% experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. You can train your body to handle stress more efficiently by practicing self-care. Any activity you deliberately do in order to take care of your mental, emotional and physical health is considered self-care. Here is a list of ways you can practice self-care:

 

  • Exercise

 

Physical activity produces endorphins, chemicals that reduce pain and naturally induce the feelings of pleasure, improves ability to sleep, reduces stress, wards off anxiety, and boosts self-esteem. Exercising moderately for 30-minutes five times a week allows you to reap all of the physical and mental health benefits. You don’t have to be a pro, just stay active. Dancing, running, biking, walking, playing sports, and hiking are all great ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

 

  • Surround yourself with supportive people

 

Healthy relationships are a critical part of self-care. Invest your energy in those who encourage you and inspire you to become better. Drift away from anyone who drains your energy. This goes for your relationships both inside and outside of your workplace. A balance between give and take is essential for any healthy relationship.

 

  • Clean your workspace

 

Maintaining a neat work area is a good way to practice self-care at work. Your environment can have a significant impact on productivity . Only keep things you frequently use on your desk to avoid clutter. Hang pictures, artwork, or images that inspire you or make you feel good as small reminders of your values. Your work area is a representation of yourself and it shouldn’t cause you unnecessary stress, it should give you clarity and enable you to do your best at work.

 

  • Reward yourself

 

It’s important to recognize your own accomplishments. Naturally, we complete task after task and it becomes a vicious cycle of to-do lists. Take a moment to reflect what you and your team have accomplished at work or what you have accomplished outside of work; think of ways that you can treat yourself. Buying an outfit for yourself, getting a message or having a potluck at work are some of the ways you can compensate your hard work.

 

Self-care is vital and ultimately leads to overall better health. By being the best version of yourself, you will fill more confident helping those around you and want to strive to do well in all areas of your life. This short list can help jumpstart your journey to self-care.

 

At Nova Medical Centers we specialize in Occupational Health. Attending to your health and safety needs is our number one priority. We proudly offer onsite Health Fairs. Contact us for more information about our Health Fairs.

 

Written By Nayda Sanchez

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