Are you good hearted?

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THE Heart Foundation is reminding men and boys to make healthy lifestyle choices as Men’s Health Week (June 10-16).

THE Heart Foundation is reminding men and boys to make healthy lifestyle choices as Men’s Health Week (June 10-16).

Heart Foundation CEO NSW, Kerry Doyle, says heart disease is responsible for nearly 13 per cent of deaths in Australian men.

“The theme of this year’s Men’s Health Week is keeping boys and men healthy. We’re focusing on what males of any age can do to minimise their risk of developing heart problems later in life,” Ms Doyle said.

“We’re urging men to be good role models for their loved ones,” she said.

“We know that children tend to tag along for the ride when a parent makes an effort to live a healthier lifestyle.”

One of the National Heart Foundation’s flagship programs, Heart Foundation Walking, is getting involved in Men’s Health Week.

They are encouraging existing walkers to “bring a bloke” along to a walk or download the Heart Foundation Walking app. Males who register up until June 30, will go into the draw to win a prize.

Ms Doyle said said over 30 per cent of men in Australia had high cholesterol and almost 75 per cent were overweight or obese.

“One-quarter of males have high to severe blood pressure levels. Walking is a great way for men to reduce these risk factors,” she said.

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Steps we can take to reduce the risk of developing heart disease

Get a heart health check. A new Medicare-funded heart health check is available to all Australians. If you’re over 45, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander over 30, arrange one today. Your doctor will look at a range of factors about your heart health and help you devise a plan to stay well.
Be more active more often. You should be active on most days of the week, and preferably all, aiming for at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
Eat a heart-healthy diet. Heart-healthy eating relies on a combination of foods, chosen regularly, over time. A good pattern gives us food that is low in saturated and trans fats, salt and added sugar, and rich in wholegrains, fibre, antioxidants and unsaturated fats.
Quit smoking. Smoking is one of the major risk factors for heart disease, not to mention a host of other health problems. Take action now to quit.