Take the Step It Up for Stroke pledge to change ONE modifiable risk factor for stroke in your life.
Modifiable Risk Factors for Stroke include:
–quitting smoking (easier explained than done, but there are lots of programs to choose from!)
–getting more activity (at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 6-7 days of the week)
–decreased amounts of alcohol (no more than 1 drink per day for women, and 2-3 drinks per day for men up to 60 years of age, then 1 drink per day)
–obesity (keep body fat % <30% women and <25% men).
Controlling medical conditions:
–hypertension (monitor blood pressure if currently hypertensive and managing it well and if not, getting plenty of exercise as above)
–heart disease (myocardial infarction/heart attack, atrial fibrillation) (again get exercise as above and eat for your health, not for your happiness. If have these, consult with MD before beginning exercise regimen)
–diabetes (if currently diabetic, managing it well by checking blood sugar and taking meds as prescribed and if not diabetic, doing what you can to not become one by eating health, staying active)
–hyperlipidosis (too much fat in your blood from eating junk food so eat less of it!)
–carotid stenosis (again too much junk food)
These are called “modifiable” risk factors because there’s something YOU can do to decrease your risk of a stroke by changing your habits and/or managing your health.
Pick just one, take the first step to a healthier and hopefully non-disabled you. Take the pledge. Oh and if you do, you just might win a free FitBit Flex by filling this out which could definitely help with the making a more active lifestyle change option!