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Use Heart to Make Better Choices

Look after your heart by eating healthily,
getting more exercise and saying no to tobacco

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By making just a few small changes to our lives, we can Use Heart to beat CVD and fight COVID-19

Use Heart to eat well and drink wisely

  • Cut down on sugary beverages and fruit juices – choose water or unsweetened juices instead
  • Swap sweet, sugary treats for fresh fruit as a healthy alternative
  • Try to eat 5 portions (about a handful each) of fruit and veg a day – they can be fresh, frozen, tinned or dried
  • Keep the amount of alcohol you drink within recommended guidelines
  • Try to limit processed and prepackaged foods that are often high in salt, sugar and fat
  • Make your own healthy school or work lunches at home

Use Heart to get more active

  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 5 times a week
  • Or at least 75 minutes spread throughout the week of vigorous-intensity activity
  • Playing, walking, housework, dancing – they all count!
  • Be more active every day – take the stairs, walk or cycle instead of driving
  • Stay fit at home – even if you’re on lockdown you can join virtual exercise classes and workouts for the whole family
  • Download an exercise app or use a pedometer to keep track of your progress

Use Heart to say no to smoking

  • It’s the single best thing you do to improve your heart health
  • Within 2 years of quitting, the risk of coronary heart disease is substantially reduced
  • Within 15 years the risk of CVD returns to that of a non-smoker
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke is also a cause of heart disease in non-smokers
  • So by quitting (or not starting in the first place), you’ll not only improve your health but that of those around you
  • If you’re having trouble stopping, ask for professional advice and ask your employer if they provide smoking-cessation services

Use Heart to fight COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently – use soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain social distancing – avoid greetings and keep over 2 meters apart
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover up to protect others – always cough or sneeze in a tissue or your elbow
  • See medical advice early – call your doctor if you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • Stay at home, stay informed – follow advice from authorities and health professionals

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