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DOH -CAR advocates for healthy lifestyle
By: Carlito C. Dar
Thursday 14th of February 2013
BAGUIO City, Feb. 14 (PIA) -- “Love your heart,” advised the Department of Health – Cordillera (DOH-CAR) Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan as the nation observes Heart Month this February.

Pangilinan disclosed that heart diseases remain a concern since in 2012 alone 1,932 cases of heart-related ailments were recorded in the region, which is equivalent to a rate of 116 person per 100,000 population.

In loving and caring for the heart, Pangilinan advised the public to practice the “Healthy Lifestyle to the Max” advocacy of DOH with is 10 heart caring tips.

Under the DOH healthy lifestyle advocacy, the public are advised to: avoid smoking and second hand smoke as it can cause cancer, respiratory and heart diseases, stroke and other fatal diseases; regularly monitor blood pressure because hypertension is a major risk factor of heart disease and stroke; maintain an ideal body weight as overweight or obese have a greater chance of developing hypertension; be physically active by doing moderate intensity physical activity; and to regularly eat grains, fruits, vegetables and fish because these high fiber food reduce blood cholesterol level.

In addition, the public is also advised to limit salt as excess salt intake will raise the level of sodium in the body, which is linked to increase water retention and causes the heart to put in more effort in pumping blood that may raise blood pressure; avoid saturated fats and trans fat which raise bad cholesterol and lower level of good cholesterol increasing the risk of coronary Heart disease; not to drink alcohol; manage stress, as high level of stress make other risk factors for heart disease becomes worse; and to have at least seven hours of sleep at night because lack of sleep also increases stress hormones, raises blood pressure and affect blood sugar level.

Meantime, Pangilinan also called on the public to join the PhilHealth-DOH scheduled nationwide fun run on February 17.The Baguio-leg of the run will be held at the Lake Side of Burnham Park.

Aside from helping raise funds of which a part will go to institutions that offer maternal and child health services, it is also good for the heart. "Let us also run for our heart,” invited Pangilinan.(JDP/CCD-Jan Robert Nicandro, PIA CAR intern)
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