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Take your cardiovascular health into your own hands. We at The Cardiovascular Health Education Campaign have compiled convenient and affordable resources in your area. Keep scrolling to learn how care, diet, and exercise interact to impact the way you feel. Then, start making changes for the future you.
Approximately 18 million people die globally from cardiovascular disease every year (WHO). While modern medicine can ease many of CVD symptoms, it was unable to prevent these deaths. Moreover, these treatments are often temporary and fail to create a lasting cure. At The CHEC, we know that by actively thinking about your cardiovascular health, you can begin to make small lifestyle changes that will save you time, money, and pain in the future. Below, you can learn how to reach income-based care centers in Memphis as well as interpret your medical results.
Physicians use annual, comprehensive blood tests to determine your risk for cardiovascular disease. It is important to understand what your test results mean, so that you may take actions to reverse any changes, if necessary.
Cholesterol is one such marker. HDL is considered "good cholesterol" while LDL is considered "bad cholesterol". Please see the chart on the right to understand your risk.
Please visit the American Diabetes Association for a more expansive list and explanation of markers from blood tests.
Eating healthy does not have to cost a fortune. It also does not mean cutting out all junk food from your diet. Find a sustainable balance for yourself that ensures you are getting nutrients from a variety of food groups. Keep scrolling to read some about easy recipes with affordable ingredients that can be bought from Memphis grocery stores, like ALDI. Also, you can find contact information for nutrition assistance programs.
All ingredients can be found at ALDI or local farmers markets in Memphis.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP
If you are low-income and finding it difficult to pay for your monthly nutrition expenses, SNAP provides monthly assistance for groceries and food. Click the button to the right to set it up today.
Commodity Supplemental Foods Program - CSFP
If you are 60 years of age or older and cannot support your nutritional needs, visit CSFP’s website on the right to learn more about this food assistance program.
Meals on Wheels
If you are a senior finding it difficult to leave your house for your needs, Meals on Wheels can provide you with the necessary support. The button to the right has information about their program in Memphis.
Women, Infants, and Children - WIC
If you are a pregnant woman or have a child younger than 5 years of age, WIC provides federal grants for additional food, healthcare referrals, and nutrition education. Access the program representative’s contact information at the right.
WhyHunger Hunger Hotline
If you are unsure of where to find food and are in need of someone to connect you to the right resources, call 1-800-548-6479 to be connected with a volunteer who will provide you with local contacts for nutrition assistance.
Spinach tortellini salad
4 cups fresh spinach leaves
8 oz. cooked and chilled three cheese tortellini
4 sweet mini bell peppers
Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup red wine vinegar, 2 t. parmesan cheese, 1/2 t. garlic powder, 1/2 t. onion powder, 1/2 t. salt
Layer in spinach, cold tortellini, and sliced peppers in a bowl.
Place dressing ingredients in a mason jar and shake.
Pour dressing over salad and toss.
Exercise is important to cardiovascular health, but exercise is also fun. As long as you are allowing blood to flow to all parts of your body, find a form of exercise that you really enjoy. Don’t go overboard either—just a little bit every other day. Below is a quick workout in one of Memphis’ parks. Why don’t you try it out?