National Play Day - Raising awareness
July 24 2018Read more
According to the British Heart Foundation (BHF), roughly 7 million people live with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK.
Cardiovascular disease (or commonly known as heart disease) is the result of the build-up of plaques in the blood vessels and heart. This build-up of plaques then causes the blood to thicken thus making it harder for the heart to circulate blood around the body.
The potential harm that cardiovascular disease can cause include:
- Shortness of breath
- Heart attack
The BHF estimates that the UK suffers 152,000 deaths from heart and circulatory diseases each year, and 42,000 of those are premature.
Although the symptoms vary in severity, they include:
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Jaw and back pain
- Choking sensation
- Swollen ankles
- Extreme fatigue
- Irregular heartbeat
There are many ways in which you can prevent the risk of heart disease, most include simple changes to your lifestyle. They include:
Healthy eating: Incorporate a mix of at least five fruit and veg options into your daily food intake.
Staying active: Try to become more active in your daily routine. Many people make simple adjustments such as; taking the stairs at your workplace as opposed to the lift, ride a bicycle to work instead of driving etc.
Stop smoking: Quitting smoking will dramatically reduce your chance of heart disease. According to the BHF, smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked.
Your weight: Maintaining a healthy weight is key to keeping your heart in good condition.
Reduce stress: The BHF has linked stress and anxiety as an attributer to heart disease. Changing your lifestyle in a positive way can make an impact on the amount of stress you put on your heart.
Drink less alcohol: Long-term excessive drinking increases the risk of developing heart problems. It is suggested that both men and women should not regularly exceed 14 units of alcohol per week.
Control blood pressure: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. The BHF recommend that most adults should get their blood pressure checked at least one a year.
Now it’s time to get you and your colleagues involved! There are many ways you can incorporate the red theme into your day at work. These include (but are not limited too):
Wearing red outfits: A simple way to get involved is to come to work dressed in red. This can range from a bold red tie to a fun red wig, or for the more daring fundraisers, why not a tomato costume?
Hosting a red bake sale: A bake sale with a twist, make every cake, crumb and crust red!
A red raffle: Raffle off red-only items, use your imagination when picking the items to make the raffle fun as well as great opportunity to raise funds.
Red fancy dress competition: Take the red theme to the next level by running a red-only fancy dress competition in the office.
For more ideas, online resources, fundraising and donation information, please click here to access the BHF designated web-page.
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