Caliber recognizes American Heart Month with heart-healthy tips
The Caliber family of brands, including Caliber Collision, alongside Caliber Auto Care and Caliber Auto Glass in partnership with the American Heart Association, encourages everyone to strive for a heart healthy lifestyle to decrease the chances of developing heart disease or stroke. Through Caliber’s Restoring You™ platform, we’ve proudly supported the lifesaving efforts of the American Heart Association over the last 12 years. Since that time, more than 25,000 Caliber teammates have been CPR-trained across the country, and most recently. During our 2022 Leadership Summit, 2,100 Caliber teammates received hands-only CPR training. It’s all part of Caliber’s purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®.
In honor of American Heart Month, we’re highlighting several steps to achieve a healthy heart. If you’re ready to commit to healthier habits and reduce the risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends:
- Choosing a healthy eating plan. The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. Choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. As part of a healthy diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, as well as meals without meat. Select lower fat dairy products and poultry (skinless). Limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meat or select the leanest cuts available.
- Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke. No matter what point during your life you began smoking, it’s best to quit. Even exposure to secondhand smoke poses a serious health hazard. Nonsmokers are up to 30 percent more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer from secondhand smoke exposure at home or work, according to a U.S. Surgeon General report.
- Be physically active. You can slowly work up to at least two and half hours of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., jogging, running) or a combination of both every week.
- Learn the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. Not everyone experiences sudden numbness with a stroke or severe chest pain with a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms in women can be different than men. Knowing when you’re having a heart attack or stroke means you’re more likely to seek immediate help. Quickly responding to a cardiac emergency, followed by adequate treatment can save your life and prevent further health complications.
- Find a doctor and have regular wellness exams. Healthy people need doctors, too. Establishing a relationship with a physician means you can start heart-health screenings Talk to your doctor about your diet, lifestyle and regularly checking your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate, blood sugar and body mass index. Knowing where your numbers stand early makes it easier to spot a possible change in the future.
To learn more about the partnership between Caliber and the AHA and our Restoring You™ platform of programs, visit the Caliber website. You can find more heart-smart tips and join the fight against heart disease and stroke on the AHA website.
Published March 2023