Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States



Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States
2016 Health Statistics
•Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
•Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.
•80 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure.
•21 million Americans have diagnosed diabetes.
•Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death
•33% of American kids are overweight or obese
2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, compiled annually by the American Heart
Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health
and other government sources
The Good News : 80-90% of Degenerative
Disease is Preventable By Making Healthier
Lifestyle Choices!
Just Because You Are “Fit” Or “Thin”
Doesn’t Mean You’re Healthy
Biggest Impact on Health
How You Fuel Your Body!
The Standard American Diet
Tip – Plan Ahead
• Don’t overhaul the family's health in one day
• Find a healthier alternative to your favorite
fast food restaurant
• Meal planning – simple, healthy meals
• Get the family involved in planning and
prepping meals
• Be a role model
• Eat together as a family
• Don’t be a short order cook
Foods That Tear You Down!
Tip- Read Labels
• Trans fats/partially
hydrogenated oils
• High fructose corn
• Artificial Sweeteners
• Sodium nitrates and
• Artificial Sweeteners
• Food dyes
Foods That Build Us Up!
More Matters
• Eating a diet rich in
vegetables and fruits as
part of an overall healthy
diet reduces risk for heart
disease, including heart
attack and stroke, certain
types of cancers, obesity
and type 2 diabetes.
• Consumption of fruits and
vegetables lowers blood
pressure, and may also
reduce the risk of
developing kidney stones
and help to decrease bone
Add More Fruits and Vegetables
• Make a salad every day (Mixed greens, kale, spinach, red
• Add toppings (tomatoes, diced carrots, broccoli,
cucumber, raw nuts, seeds)
• Try roasting vegetables or grilling them
• Add berries, bananas, or other chopped fruit to cereal
• Make a breakfast smoothie (frozen bananas, strawberries,
pineapple, mango, spinach, kale, chia seeds (Omega 3’s)
• Cut up veggies ahead of time and serve as snacks with
• Toss in grated veggies (carrots, zucchini, squash) to
casseroles, meatloaf, soups and stews
One Simple Change
• One change per
month, 12
changes in a
year - healthier

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