American Heart Association - My Life Check®
My Life Check®, was designed by the American Heart Association, to improve health by educating the public on how best to live. These checks are not expensive to take, and can be made by just about anyone. Even modest improvements to health make big differences. This simple seven-step list can help you to live a long productive healthy life.
Take a small step to a big change!
Life’s Simple 7
Manage Blood Pressure - A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Healthy blood pressure reduces strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys.
Control Cholesterol - Contributes to plaque, clogging arteries and leading to heart disease and stroke. Controlled cholesterol gives your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages.
Reduce Blood Sugar - The food we eat turns into glucose, blood sugar, and is used by our body cells for energy. High levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
Get Active - Live an active life and reward yourself and those you love with God’s gift of life. Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
Eat Better - A healthy diet is a great weapon against cardiovascular disease. Eating a heart-healthy diet improves your chances for feeling good and staying healthy – for life!
Lose Weight - Shed excess body fat and unnecessary pounds, and reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. Losing weight can lower your blood pressure and help you feel better.
Stop Smoking - If you smoke, stopping is the best thing you can do for your health. It will significantly lower your risk for heart and lung disease.