Heart attack prevention… a LIFESTYLE change!

Heart disease if still the number cause of death in America… are you a candidate?

CPR training is taught in many different arenas, from corporate settings to medical, childcare and fitness facilities.  In fact, there are no boundaries on who can and should be trained in CPR.

After 23 years in the fire department and training thousands since 2003, I realized that our lifestyle in America is like no other.  We work multiple jobs, eat on the run, drive our children from one sport to the next, and the stress continues to build.  All these activities and constant moving creates stress and leads to cardiac arrest.  I would rather train people in living a healthier lifestyle so we wouldn’t have such a high rate of cardiac arrest and so it’s time.

It’s time for a change… and you only to start.  Zig Ziglar once said, “You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something.”  Here are just three lifestyle changes where you can start to be great!

 

Eat healthier

Don’t look at the top of the mountain and think you will make it there right away; you’ve got to take one step at a time.  Start by changing from a candy bar to a piece of fruit, a soda to a glass of water, a cookie to a healthy granola or power bar.  It’s about feeling better and eating healthier.

Don’t think of it as a diet, think it as a change in your lifestyle for yourself, family, and friends.

Are you RESCUE Ready?

  • Is everyone trained and up to date with their certification?
  • Do you have an AED at your business location?
  • Is your AED being managed and checked on a consistent basis?
  • Does your company have a First Aid kit?
  • Does your First Aid kit include a STOP the BLEED Kit?

Movement

Exercise, working out, fitness, physical activity… words changes how we feel and so I say movement.  Get up and move, be active, and don’t be afraid to try something new.  If your kids are outside playing, just out there with them and walk around with them, pull weeds in the garden wherever they are playing, or simply stand and be in the vicinity with them.  Eventually, you feel you want to be part of their lives and even playing with them in whatever capacity you, will make you feel better, physically, mentally, and emotionally!

 

Less stress

Easier said than done.  There are studies that show the relationship between coronary heart disease risk and stress in a person’s life that may affect the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.  Everyone deals with stress differently; some may respond well and start exercising, others use food as a coping mechanism and over eat or don’t eat well, and some may resort to smoking, alcohol, or drugs.

There are many ways to lower your stress, but what is vital it what we mentioned earlier… you’ve got to start!

 

Life is short

“Life is short,” we always say, and there is truth to that in many different aspects.  It will be much shorter if we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves.  You and the people you love deserve having you around, in a healthy, moving, and stressful way!

 

Are you RESCUE Ready?

  • Is everyone trained and up to date with their certification?
  • Do you have an AED at your business location?
  • Is your AED being managed and checked on a consistent basis?
  • Does your company have a First Aid kit?
  • Does your First Aid kit include a STOP the BLEED Kit?

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