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Vista Village residents to live a heart healthy lifestyle

Vista, CA (February 2016) Ask any older American and they can tell you that heart disease is a major health threat, with risk rising as one gets older. In fact heart disease accounts for 84% of deaths of those 65 years and older. To help curb the incidence of heart disease, the month of February is dedicated to American Heart Month- a time to focus on taking steps to help prevent heart disease. Seniors especially should be encouraged to make those all important heart healthy choices. At Vista Village, a senior memory care community meals and exercise are incorporated into resident’s choices, making a difference in their lives.

“Our residents find that eating a healthier diet and participating in exercise programs does make them feel better, and more energized,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village.

The America Heart Association is challenging all Americans including seniors to learn more about heart disease and its risk factors, and to join its mission to promote healthier families and communities, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions, says the American Heart Association. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Key Risk Factors for Heart Disease

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) have at least one of these three risk factors.

These medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk for heart disease:

• Diabetes

• Overweight and obesity

• Poor diet

• Physical inactivity

• Excessive alcohol use

Healthy Lifestyle Factors

Seniors can prevent and control many coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors by engaging in a heart-healthy lifestyle. For example some risk factors can be controlled or at least made better like high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity. Only a few risk factors—such as age, gender, and family history—can’t be controlled through healthy choices.

To reduce the risk seniors should try and control each major risk factor:

• Heart-healthy eating

• Maintaining a healthy weight

• Managing stress

• Physical activity- at least 30 minutes 5 times a week

• Quitting smoking

The good news is that making changes can help control several risk factors at the same time. For example, physical activity may lower your blood pressure, help control diabetes and prediabetes, reduce stress, and help control weight.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

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