The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA) is powering up this September for Heart Awareness Month as we aim to reach the global goal of reducing premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 25% by the year 2025.
Why a whole month for Heart Awareness?
Mornings can be hectic - a snoozed alarm clock, last-minute homework, dropping kids at school, a traffic jam, maybe even an unexpected tantrum, this makes planning healthy snacks the last thing on your mind. Here’s 7 sneaky snacking tips to get you and the kids snacking on healthy foods despite the morning mayhem.
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Most of us eat far too much salt. In fact, the average South African eats roughly between 6 and 11 grams of salt per day, which reaches more than double the recommended daily limit of 5 grams by the World Health Organisation.
WHY IS EXTRA SALT BAD FOR THE BODY?
More than 80% of heart disease are caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, very little physical activity and poor food choices. Sadly, poor living conditions and poverty can also lead to heart disease. Poor living conditions is associated with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). By learning more about this condition, you and other South Africans can help to beat this preventable heart disease. Read on and join the fight against Rheumatic Heart disease!
Does your child only want to eat fish fingers with tomato sauce? Don’t worry you're not alone!
Picky eating is often simply a natural fear of new foods which can lead to food refusal, with fruits and vegetables often the main problems.
This Women’s month, we take a closer look at what’s claiming the lives of 1 in 5 South African women. Typically perceived to be a man’s disease, heart disease and stroke is actually the biggest killer among women globally, and kills more women than men in South Africa, especially after the age of 65 years. Globally, it’s responsible for a third of all deaths in women, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Locally, 36 women die each day in South Africa from a stroke.
Time, a commodity so valued that we use it to honour our former and late President, Nelson Mandela, by spending 67 minutes giving back to South Africa. This is a most fitting way to celebrate the birthday of our very own world icon on 18 July. Although 67 minutes may sound like a little time to give back the community, some people still struggle in getting out of their usual routine. We suggest you try setting aside time for at least one of these 5 heart warming activities on Mandela Day:
1st to 5th July is Corporate Wellness Week in South Africa where we get to shine a spotlight on our habits and wellbeing in the workplace. For majority of us, working life involves sitting at a desk for at least 8 hours and eating nearly half of our daily meals and snacks during work hours. This means that the food choices we make on the job could have a significant impact on our overall health and in turn our productivity.
Why is healthy eating at work important?
Modern lifestyles mean people sit more and move less, and this increases the risk for many diseases including heart disease. Now imagine for a minute your child’s life compared to your own childhood. Children in the 2000s are being introduced to cell phones, computers, tablets, and 24-hour children’s television – things you never knew! If you don’t take steps to keep your child active, this generation will be the first to have shorter lives than their parents.
Let’s look at why your child needs physical activity, how much is enough, and some ideas to use at home.
As the winter months roll in where the days get shorter and the nights colder, nothing can be quite as soothing as sipping on a delicious, warming soup. In your quest to make it through cold- and flu-season without a sneeze, we give you some soup ideas with food combo’s packed with nutrients and flavour, to give your immune system a boost.
1. Creamy roasted red pepper & tomato soup