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Heart-Healthy Living

Live a heart-healthy lifestyle to help decrease your chance for a heart event or condition.

Basic Tips for a Heart-Healthy Life

  • Exercise. Work with your doctor to develop the best fitness plan for you.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables and less high-fat food.
  • Get stress under control. Make time for yourself and the activities you love.
  • Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers. Work with your doctor to reach the numbers right for you.
  • Manage your diabetes, or test for diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions if you’re at risk.
  • Cease tobacco use. Tobacco is one of the leading causes of heart disease and doubles your risk for cardiac arrest.

Eat for a Healthy Heart

Eating fewer calories is one way to begin a heart-healthier diet. Take these tips from the American Heart Association:

  • Substitute natural applesauce for butter or shortening in baked goods.
  • Replace heavy cream and whole milk with skim or low-fat milk.
  • Use olive oil instead of butter, lard or shortening when you cook.
  • Choose low-sodium food products over their originals, such as low-sodium ketchup or broth.
  • Substitute ground turkey or chicken for pork or beef.
  • Replace a portion of the white flour in your recipes with whole-wheat flour.

Get Help with Tobacco Cessation

Reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer and other health conditions by ceasing use of all tobacco products. We understand quitting can be hard. It’s why we provide you with individual tobacco cessation counseling to help you tailor your cessation program to your specific needs. For information about the program, call 607-763-5555.

Attend a Wellness Seminar

Find the help you need to stay motivated on your weight-loss journey. Get tips to help you manage stress. Learn how to make lifestyle changes and improve your wellbeing. The UHS Adult Weight Management and Wellness Seminars can help you do all that and more. Sign up for a seminar online or call the Stay Healthy Center at 607-763-5092.

Stay Healthy with UHS

Get a wealth of health and wellness information, as well as expert advice from UHS nurses, at the Stay Healthy Center in the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. Explore our healthy-living library and resources. Test your blood pressure. Sign up for the mall walking group. Or ask our friendly staff your wellness questions. Stop in Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call 607-763-6060 with questions.

Participate in a Medically Supervised Exercise Program

Continue your recovery from a heart event after your cardiac rehabilitation ends or simply improve your overall health in the UHS Health & Wellness Program. Exercise with confidence knowing that cardiac-certified registered nurses and exercise physiologists create, oversee and assist with your exercise routine. Benefit from counseling and emotional support if you need an extra boost, and get educational materials to keep you informed about your health. To set up an intake interview with a registered nurse, call 607-762-2178.

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