“This is a challenge for some people,” Horn acknowledged, “and can be even more so for Oklahomans who are growing older. But nearly all of us can get some kind of physical activity every day. Even a little bit is better than doing nothing.”
The United States Surgeon General recommends that adults take part in moderate-intensity exercise for around 30 minutes on most days of the week, Horn said.
Not smoking and limiting alcohol use are also two recommendations Oklahomans should follow to lower their risk of heart disease.
“In addition to improving the diet through better food choices and engaging in regular physical activity, Oklahomans should have their blood pressure and cholesterol numbers checked regularly,” Horn said.
Even though heart disease is considered a “man’s disease” by some people, Horn said, it is the leading cause of death for women in the United States, accounting for 25 percent of all female deaths.
“Men and women who have no symptoms can still be a risk for heart disease,” Horn explained. “A large majority of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.”
The Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service offers ongoing workshops and classes designed to help residents improve their nutrition. To access more information about nutrition issues, residents can download Oklahoma State University Fact Sheets at osufacts.oksate.edu.