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Q: My Heart Age is a little high. What’s the best way to reduce it?

Your Heart Age, which is calculated as part of your annual HealthCheck, is an estimate of your cardiovascular health based on a number of inter-related factors, including your age, gender, and your specific HealthCheck measurements.

The key to reducing Heart Age is to make improvements in the risk factor(s) that are a problem for you. The five risk factors include:

  1. Blood Pressure
  2. Body Weight
  3. Tobacco
  4. Blood Sugar
  5. Cholesterol

Work with your health coach to understand your results and target specific improvements you can make to reduce your Heart Age. You might be surprised at the results. For example, if you smoke cigarettes, just by quitting you can reduce your Heart Age by four years.

Let Technology Help You Quit Tobacco

We all know that giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products is the right thing to do. But despite all the health benefits and money you would save, quitting can be really hard.

Quitting can be a lot easier if you have a community of supporters to help and encourage you. And with today’s technology, there are online groups and apps that can help you quit smoking for good.

“People are most successful in quitting smoking for good if they use all the resources they can,” says NP Pam Jackson from the Health Center at Gibson North. “Remember that your on-site Health Center is there for you with resources and motivation. Also, your family and friends can be a big support and give you the strength you need.” (more…)

Older, But No Wiser

Spring 2013 Older1NEW RESEARCH: Smoking Ages You 10 Years

While your driver’s license might say you are 30 years old, if you’re a smoker, you’ve already hit the big 4 – 0. And that’s definitely not a good thing.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that smokers lose at least 10 years of life expectancy compared with people who have never picked up the deadly habit. (more…)