American Heart Association's Simple Seven!

The American Heart Association is the official platform of the International Pageants! Not only is it important to know about their simple 7 just in case you get asked about it in interview, but its important for you overall health as well!

1. Get Active!

If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Parents, your children need 60 minutes a day–every day–so when you get active, you’re also modeling healthy living for the next generation.

2. Control Cholesterol

When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. Cholesterol is a waxy substance and our bodies use it to make cell membranes and some hormones, but when you have too much bad cholesterol (LDL), it combines with white blood cells and forms plaque in your veins and arteries. These blockages lead to heart disease and stroke.

3. Eat Better

Let’s face it, you can’t build a healthy body on a diet of hamburgers and french fries. If you are frequently skipping out on veggies, fruit, low-fat dairy, fiber-rich whole grains, and lean meats including fish, your body is missing the basic building blocks for a healthy life. Healthy foods are the fuel our bodies use to make new cells and create the energy we need to thrive and fight diseases.

4. Manage Blood Pressure

By keeping your blood pressure in the healthy range, you are:

1. Reducing your risk of overstretched or injured blood vessel walls

2. Reducing your risk of blockages which also protects your heart and brain

3. Protecting your entire body so that your tissue receives regular supplies of blood that is rich in the oxygen it needs.

5. Lose Weight

When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your blood pressure and you help yourself feel better, too.

6. Reduce Blood Sugar

Lowered blood sugar helps protect your vital organs. When you reduce excessive sugars, you are giving yourself the best chance for a healthy life. The American Heart Association considers diabetes one of the six major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease

7. Stop Smoking

If you want to live a long and healthy life, breaking the nicotine addiction will be very important. Smoking damages your entire circulatory system, and increases your risk for coronary heart disease, hardened arteries, aneurysm and blood clots.

Most of you, especially as role models in your communities are already doing all of these things, so what’s next? Help others on their path to a healthier lifestyle! I high recommend and encourage all of you to get involved with the AHA on a local level!


Ignite your spark,

Samantha Riddle
Miss International 2014


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