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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge providers.

HEALTHY HEART MONTH

Heart Health Checkup
S

ince February is Heart
Health Month, there is no
better time than now to start
taking the proper steps to ensure
living a fulfilled life free of heart
disease and all its associated
health problems.

Proper nutrition is potentially
the most important aspect in a
healthy heart. We’ve all heard
Aaron
of a lot of trendy diets the past
Brittian, ACSM-EP
few years, all claiming to have
incredible health benefits: Paleo,
Keto, Mediterranean, Whole30 - but which one
is the best? The truth is, there’s no “one-size-fits
all.” Everyone is different and should expect equal
variation in successful nutrition.
What I can tell you is that all the diets
I previously mentioned do have several
common denominators:
1. A large portion-to-total calories come
from a wide variety of vegetables.

The next most beneficial step you can take to
promote proper cardiac function is to regularly engage
in appropriately intense functional exercise. Lucky for
you, you’re at the perfect place to receive the best advice
from some of the most knowledgeable and talented
professionals! Phifer Wellness Center is proud to employ
the most capable, degreed, Exercise Physiologists to
assist you in becoming more heart healthy!

Aaron Brittian is an Exercise Physiologist, certified by the
American College of Sports Medicine.

FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH
Phifer Wellness Center will be focusing more
on target heart rate ranges for exercise and
practicing heart rate checks in our group
fitness classes. We will also focus more on
“fun fitness” by incorporating a variety of
tools, such as TRX bands, BOSU balls, stability
balls, ViPR® weights, gliders, etc.

2. Protein sources are natural:
• Chicken is cage free and antibiotic free
• Beef is grass fed
• Fish is wild caught
3. All are low in sugar, specifically added sugar.

1 in 4 deaths can be attributed to heart
disease. This equates to one death every
37 seconds! It is also a very costly
disease regarding our healthcare system.
Between 2014 and 2015, heart disease
cost the US $219 billion. To put this
number in perspective, the US spent
$598 billion on national defense the
same year. Our country is spending onethird the cost of national defense on this
chronic disease.
American Heart Association
Recommendations:
• Get at least 150 minutes per week of
moderate intensity aerobic activity
or 75 minutes per week of vigorous
aerobic activity, or a combination of
both, preferably spread throughout
the week.
• Add moderate to high intensity
muscle strengthening activity (such
as resistance or weights) on at least 2
days per week.
• Spend less time sitting. Even lightintensity activity can offset some of
the risks of being sedentary.

4. All have eliminated processed foods.
5. All use high quality oils:
• Olive oil
• Coconut oil
• Ghee
Take these factors into consideration when you’re
considering a healthier way to eat.

START NOW

Did you know that Cardiovascular
Disease is the leading cause of
death in the United States?

JOIN PHIFER WELLNESS CENTER TODAY BY CALLING 828-580-6600.

SAVE THE DATE | MARCH 21 – A Vision of Good Health

• Gain even more benefits by being
active at least 300 minutes (5 hours)
per week. Increase amount and
intensity gradually over time.
Please consult your physician before
beginning any exercise program.

LADY
FAIR
2020

CarolinasHealthCareBlueRidge.org | 828-580-5000

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