Heart Disease 101: What it Is & How to Prevent It

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason that we associate February with the heart. It’s also American Heart month, which means it’s the perfect time to educate yourself and your loved ones on heart disease.

You’ve probably heard of heart disease before, but do you really know what it entails, what the risk factors are, and how you can work to prevent heart disease? Here are the health basics on heart disease.

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Learn the Facts About Healthy Weight Loss

Many things probably come to mind when you think of January: New Year’s resolutions, cold weather, professional football playoffs, an end to the holiday season. What you might not know is that January is also Health Weight Awareness Month — which makes it a great time for you to educate yourself on weight.

You may have already set a weight loss goal for 2014, but have you set realistic goals to help you reach a healthy weight? Once there, do you know how to maintain a healthy weight? And do you know why you should strive for a healthy weight in the first place?

At ARCpoint Labs, we value your overall wellness — which is why we are providing the information you need to truly celebrate Healthy Weight Awareness Month.

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Healthy Tips for a New You in the New Year

With 2013 behind us, chances are you’ve made a number of new year’s resolutions — and more likely than not, a few of them involve your personal health in some way. From sticking to a healthy diet and increasing exercise to reducing your stress and sleeping more, there are so many health-related goals you should want to achieve — and just as many healthy tips to help you do so!

At ARCpoint Labs, we are committed to your personal wellness, so we have compiled some easy-to-implement healthy tips to help you turn your 2014 resolutions into long-lasting habits.

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Stock up on Heart Health Foods

Sometimes we’re too busy to put healthy, homemade meals on the table. Other times, temptation is strong and we can’t resist the junk food and fast food calling our names.

Since we turn to convenient food options so often, we’re missing out on basic nutrition.

Essentially, we’re cheating ourselves. We’re picking the foods that don’t do much good for our bodies. Because of that, our health suffers. Our hearts aren’t being nourished by nutrients. Continue reading “Stock up on Heart Health Foods” »

Cut Health and Fitness Costs

We all know that taking care of our health can put a dent in the budget pretty quickly. There are health care costs, gym fees and costs for supplements, health food and vitamins. That’s just a start — fitness and health costs add up fast.

You don’t have to sacrifice an arm and a leg to stay healthy. There are so many options to help you reach your goals while spending less money. Continue reading “Cut Health and Fitness Costs” »

Protect Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention

Place your hand on your chest.

Do you feel that heartbeat?

That is the sound of the organ that keeps your body going. Your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body, allowing you to function normally. You know all this, but how much do you really think about it? Continue reading “Protect Your Heart: Heart Disease Prevention” »

U.S. Cholesterol Levels: Small improvements

Cholesterol levels are one indicator of health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is paying close attention to cholesterol levels and cholesterol screening in the United States.

Recent research sheds light on cholesterol levels and how many people are having cholesterol screening completed. When we compare these results with the research completed in years past, we see some improvement and other areas for us to improve.

The CDC reported:

Americans’ levels of good cholesterol are improving

Cholesterol screening rates have stalled

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Health issues linked to high cholesterol

Cholesterol is found in all cells of the body. Your body does need some cholesterol, but high cholesterol levels are dangerous. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance. High levels of LDL (considered the “bad” type of cholesterol) lead to buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. Continue reading “Health issues linked to high cholesterol” »

It’s Your Choice

Choice noun: the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities : the opportunity or power to make a decision

We make choices every day. This morning, you chose what to eat for breakfast before choosing what clothes to wear. We make so many choices that we tend to gloss over them and don’t recognize the process of choosing.

There might be a few areas of your life that seem to be predetermined — maybe you feel like you don’t have a choice. You may not think you have the opportunity to make a decision between multiple alternatives. Continue reading “It’s Your Choice” »

Preventable Deaths: Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

We have to respect and expect death at some point in time, but that doesn’t mean we can’t strive to live a long and healthy life. When you are gone, you are leaving behind a heaviness in the hearts of people around you. That heaviness and the pain is worse when your family knows that your death could have been prevented. More than 200,000 people die every year from heart disease. Many people don’t know that heart disease can be prevented by taking better care of yourself and eliminating some of your bad habits. Living longer is easier than it seems.

Your health is affected by your choices. Take care of yourself to prevent heart disease

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