McGregor introduces a Senior Fitness Program
Encouraging Residents to stay active is one of our primary goals, especially given the access to paved walking paths throughout the 45-acre campus. The program will begin on February 22nd and we are encouraging our families and staff to bring a resident for the kick-off celebration. And don’t forget to wear RED!
Heart Month is celebrated throughout the month of February.
February is chosen because it is a time when many people reflect on matters of the heart, including love and relationships. It is a fitting opportunity to also emphasize the importance of heart health.
How to Promote Heart Health:
Improving heart health involves making conscious choices to reduce risk factors and adopt heart-healthy habits. Here are some ways to promote heart health during Heart Month and beyond:
- Eat a Balanced Diet: Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Limit saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.
- Exercise Regularly: Engage in physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week. Activities like walking, cycling, and swimming can help improve cardiovascular fitness.
- Quit Smoking: If you smoke, seek support to quit smoking. Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.
- Manage Stress: Practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to reduce the impact of stress on your heart.
- Monitor Blood Pressure: Check your blood pressure regularly and work with your healthcare provider to manage it within a healthy range.
- Control Cholesterol: Maintain healthy cholesterol levels by following a heart-healthy diet and, if necessary, taking prescribed medications.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight: Achieve and maintain a healthy weight through a combination of balanced eating and regular physical activity.
- Limit Alcohol Consumption: If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to heart problems.
- Get Adequate Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to support heart health.