Heart Matters: Ramp Up the Red Day
7 Feb 2014 |
Millions of people are affected by heart disease, and one member of the Party Ingredients team is among them. Suffering from Marfan syndrome, one of our lovely chefs had to undergo cardiac surgery at Papworth Hospital last year. Without the lovely people at the British Heart Foundation he wouldn't be with us today.
Founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals, British Heart Foundation is now the UK's number one heart charity. The organisation funds vital research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart and circulatory disease. PI have joined the fight for every heartbeat by supporting 'Ramp Up the Red' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease. All departments dressed up in red and were treated to red doughnuts and British Heart Foundation pin badges.
In order to keep your heart healthy and reduce the risk of developing a heart disease you should aim to have a well balanced diet, consisting of lots of fruit and veg (at least 5 a day), starchy foods, dairy products and protein such as meat, fish, eggs and beans. You should also aim reduce the amount of your sugar intake, although the odd doughnut is okay!
Liz from our Operations Team believes that being active is the best way of keeping your heart healthy. Indeed, regular exercise protects against heart-related diseases by helping the heart work more efficiently, reducing blood pressure, moderating stress and helping you maintain a healthy weight.
Red is the colour for February - National Heart Month! Spread the word about heart disease prevention and symptoms. Save a life!