This Saturday, September 29, 2012 marks the annual World Heart Day: A day to focus and emphasize the severity of cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke. Each year CVD takes the lives of 17.3 million individuals. This number is continually rising and by the year 2030 it is expected that 23 million people will die from CVD annually- that is more than the population of Australia! CVD is a disease that is typically associated with the older male adult population, however, all ages and populations are affected by this disease, including women in children.
In fact, this year’s campaign is a focus on women and children. Many are not aware that heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 female deaths- that’s one death per minute!! Children are also at risk for CVD as factors such as exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking all can contribute to CVD.
The World Heart Federation(r) recommends you to take action in 4 simple ways:
1. Get active.
“Physical inactivity causes 6% of deaths globally. Risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes and lack of physical activity, present in childhood can greatly increase the likelihood a child will develop heart disease as an adult. Even 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity five times per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.”
2. Eat a heart-healty diet.
“More and more people are turning to processed foods that are often high in sugar, salt, saturated or trans fats. Unhealthy diets are linked to four of the world’s top 10 leading risk factors causing death.”
3. Say “no” to tobacco.
“One in every two smokers will diet of tobacco-related diseases, unfortunately, more and more children and teenagers are taking up smoking. Secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 non-smokers every year including children. In infants, secondhand smoke can cause sudden death.”
4. Know your numbers.
“By taking the steps above, you and your family can reduce the burden of heart disease and stroke wherever you are in the world, but it is important to keep a regular check on your heart health.”
Just as the myth of CVD only affects the older male population, there is also a common misconception that red meat is not part of a heart healthy diet. This was something that the Beef Council was determined to prove false- which they did! In January of this year the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a BOLD new twist on the DASH diet, which was recognized as the “best overall diet” and “best diet for healthy eating”.
The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, found consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol by 10 percent, which was just as effective as the DASH diet. This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef CAN be an everyday part of a heart-heathy diet!
If you would like to learn more about the BOLD study, use the links below which include further data and statistics as well as menu and sample recipes used in the study!
BOLD Study Fact Sheet:
For additional nutrition information on the benefits of lean beef in your diet, visit: www.beefnutrition.org