We’ve all heard the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (Benjamin Franklin). When it comes to our health, and specifically heart health, this quote could not be more applicable. While genetics certainly play a role in the health of our hearts, our lifestyle and preventive care behaviors also play a significant role. Since February is American Heart Month let’s talk about some things we may be able to do to keep our hearts healthy.
- Consume a healthy diet: Keep it simple by seeking out whole foods and minimizing consumption of packaged & processed foods. Small changes over time can add up to big results.
- Engage in physical activity: It’s different for everyone and doesn’t have to be “exercise” but it can be as simple as parking farther away, playing outside, or taking a walk.
- Avoid tobacco products: If you’ve thought about quitting but need some extra support, 802 Quits can help. Through this free program you can access a quit coach, social support, and even free nicotine replacement.
- Take medications as directed: Follow your clinician’s prescription carefully and always ask questions if you need clarification.
- Proactively manage stress: Practicing good sleep hygiene and mindful breathing have been shown to be helpful at managing stress.
Cigna members looking for some support in maintaining healthier behaviors may check out Cigna’s Lifestyle & Behavioral Management Programs. Learn more here.