Strokes rank as the third leading killer in the United States according to Medicinenet.com. A stroke is a life-changing event that can affect your emotional well-being as much as your physical function. You can help prevent strokes by making healthy lifestyle choices. The CDC recommends the following:
- Eat a healthy diet. High cholesterol can be prevented by eating foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, and high in fiber. Blood pressure can also be lowered by limiting salt in your diet.
- Sustain a healthy weight. The risk for a stroke increases with obesity. Calculate your body mass index (BMI) to see if your weight is in a healthy range. Doctors often do this, but you can also calculate it through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Exercise enough for your body. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Find an activity that you enjoy, and practice it regularly and consistently.
- If you smoke, strive to quit; it will lower your risk for stroke and lung cancer.
- Limit alcohol use. Drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure and damage your liver.
Many employers, including AssuredPartners NL, offer wellness programs. Take advantage of these to encourage your coworkers and plan a healthy future. For more information on corporate wellness programs, contact an AssuredPartners NL Health & Productivity Manager.