Celebrate Antioxidants

By Michelle Plummer

February is the month to celebrate the heart!  National Heart Month, World Marriage Day, Valentine’s Day… Do you see a theme developing?  Hearts, family, warmth, babies being born (more babies are conceived in Indiana during February than other times of the year) are all parts of the February celebration.

Why am I telling you about this, because I love chocolate, drink wine and indulge in many delicious antioxidants daily!  NO, because every 34 seconds someone is dying from heart disease.  Can heart disease be prevented, to a degree.  Below I have listed some heart statistics, risks and ideas to not only increase your antioxidant levels but also your overall wellness using nutrient rich foods.

Heart Disease Statistics

  • Every 34 seconds a person in the United States dies from heart disease.
  • Every 20 seconds, a person in the United States has a heart attack.
  • The countries with the highest death rates from heart disease are the Soviet Union, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia. The countries with the lowest are Japan, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Canada.
  • Every 33 seconds, a person dies from Cardio Vascular Disease in the United States.
  • Men suffer heart attacks about 10 years earlier in life than women do.

Who is at-risk?

  • 48% of adult women have a total cholesterol of at least 200mg/dL.
  • 50% of Caucasian women, 64% of African-American women, 60% of Hispanic women, and 53% of Asian/Pacific Islander women are sedentary and get no leisure time physical activity.
  • 58% of Caucasian women, 80% of African-American women, and 74% Hispanic-American women are overweight or obese.

Affects more women than men

  • More women than men die of heart disease each year.
  • Women are less likely than men to receive appropriate treatment after a heart attack.
  • Women comprise only 27% of participants in all heart-related research studies.

Celebrate antioxidants during this month!  From wine and cheese appetizers before dinner to the dark chocolates for desserts February provides a month that can help you jump start your healthy heart campaign.  Nutrient Rich Foods such as dark green vegetables, whole grains, fruits—chocolate dipped strawberries anyone?  All help play a large role in helping to add antioxidants to your day.  Here’s the plan, look at the people you care about, think how small indulgences add up to big changes and purposely add antioxidants to your diet daily to make your heart go pitter pat for a very long time!


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