Improving Your Overall Health Starts With Taking Better Care of Your Heart . . .

Improving Your Overall Health Starts With Taking Better Care of Your Heart . . . and the “Life Check Tool” Can Help!

Are you ready for a few truly astonishing facts about the human heart?

Fact:  the average heart will beat 2.5 billion times during its owner’s lifetime.

Fact: while pounding away without letup, that same heart will over a lifetime pump more than 1.5 million gallons of blood through the body’s 60,000 miles of veins, arteries and capillaries.

Fact: the energy generated by the typical human heart during a lifetime would be enough to power a medium-sized truck to the moon and back.

Those are some awesome numbers, don’t you think?

Looking at them, it’s easy to see why medical science has long believed that achieving good heart health is the key to enjoying a long and healthy life.  And those of us who work day in and day out to help patients at the Detroit Medical Center couldn’t agree more.

Which is why we recently launched our yearly “DMC 61 Day Health Challenge,” during a high-spirited Kick Off event that brought doctors, nurses, teachers, community leaders and a mob of fired-up high school students together to take the “Less Sugar, More Steps!” Pledge at DMC Harper University Hospital.

The Pledge is our way of saying: “We can all do a better job of protecting our hearts – by paying closer attention to the food we eat and the amount of exercise we get each day.”

The Challenge is a public education program – enthusiastically endorsed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who attended the recent Kick Off extravaganza at Harper Hospital – in which the participants agree to abstain from sugary drinks (no more “Whiz Cola” for a while!), fried foods and “junk” foods until the end of the year.

The exciting Challenge program also asks participants to exercise moderately for 30 minutes, several times a week . . . while helping to educate at least one family member or friend about the important relationship between what we eat and how healthy we are.

Sounds like a win-win program, right?

And the best part is that you can get started immediately . . . by taking advantage of a simple, easy-to-use (and cost-free) “Life Check” tool that will help you assess your cardiovascular health right now and then measure your progress during the Challenge.

Designed by the American Heart Association, Life Check can assist you in outlining your personal health goals and then working to meet them throughout the coming days of the Challenge’s “Less Sugar, More Steps!” health-improvement program.

To get started, all you have to do is go to the Challenge website (www.61daychallenge.com) and then click on the icon marked Before You Start, and you’ll be off and running.

You can have a lot of fun designing and implementing your own day-by-day strategy for improving your cardiovascular health during the Challenge.

Even better, you can also lower your risk of being affected by one other important health Fact:

The Fact that heart disease is by far the leading cause of death in the U.S., with more than 2,600 people (nearly two per minute) dying from heart ailments every single day.

That unfortunate Fact speaks for itself, my friends . . . which is why we’re all Challenging ourselves, right now, to learn how to take better care of our hearts!

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