Tracy is a Program Coordinator at the MA Department of Public Health
Although I can speak for only one mom (me), I believe mothers around the world are more alike than different! All moms concern themselves with the health and wellbeing of their children. Most of us love our moms (and grandmothers) with all our hearts, so let’s start by taking care of our heart health.
We have opportunities each day to make better choices; and if you are too tired, overwhelmed, or unmotivated to come up with your own solutions, let the Million Hearts resources help you.
Million Hearts was created to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. They have a simple ABC formula that makes it easy for you to make heart-healthy choices.
Know your ABCs:
- Aspirin Therapy (for appropriate patients) – talk to your doctor about whether taking a daily aspirin is right for you.
- Blood Pressure Control – do you know your blood pressure numbers? Find out by having your doctor measure your blood pressure, or do it yourself at a kiosk at your local pharmacy.
- Cholesterol Management – make sure to get your cholesterol tested by your provider as well.
- Smoking Cessation – smoking increases our risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. If you smoke, find resources to help you quit. Visit www.makesmokinghistory.org.
And of course, the easiest road to the land of heart-healthiness is eating better, and moving more. Look ma, I’m eating my vegetables and exercising!
Want to make mom even happier? Show her how you are teaching her grandchildren how to make healthy choices! Equally important to taking care of your own health, is the role you play as parents for your children’s health. All parents become educators by default when our little students watch every move we make. Common sense tells us that parents should teach children how to be healthy by example. (Exhale) I know, one more responsibility we carry as parents with a dose of guilt. But as long as we’re making an honest effort, that’s what really counts. .
So tell me, what have you done for your mom lately?
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