Are You Heart Smart? Take Our Quiz And Find Out
Do you have the right stuff when it comes to living a heart-healthy lifestyle? Here are seven questions to see how you rate:
1. About those exercise habits…
A. I exercise most days of the week—cardio, strength training, stretching, you name it—for at least 30 minutes.
B. I try to get in a run once or twice a week, and go to a yoga class every Saturday.
C. What do you mean? I exercise all the time—by pressing the buttons on the remote and walking to the fridge for a snack.
2. Fruits and veggies…
A. Are something I try to eat with almost every meal.
B. Are important, I know, so I try to have a salad or a veggie with dinner every night.
C. Are not part of my lingo—if it comes from the ground, I’m not eating it.
3. What about whole grains?
A. Whole-wheat bread and pasta, and wild and brown rice are staples in my kitchen.
B. I eat whole grains a few times a week, but I like the taste of regular pasta and white bread better.
C. Of course—I always eat the whole piece of white bread and my whole serving of white rice.
4. Are you a red meat eater?
A. I eat red meat once in a while, but I’ve heard it’s not good for you so I try to avoid it. Plus, I have fish at least twice a week.
B. I dabble in the pink stuff two or three times a week—usually a hamburger with the works.
C. I eat it every day, baby! For breakfast, lunch and dinner, usually with a cream sauce, and I never drain the fat.
5. Do you drink alcohol?
A. No, I never touch the stuff.
B. There’s nothing better than sipping a glass of wine while watching my favorite TV show.
C. I can’t imagine life without it—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
6. Do you smoke?
A. Even the idea disgusts me.
B. I smoked in college, and steal a cig when around old friends to relive the old days, and my spouse has never been able to kick the habit.
C. They don’t call me “two-pack” because I’m a rapper.
7. What do you know about your family’s health history?
A. I have my family’s health tree memorized.
B. I’m not sure, but I think my dad has high blood pressure.
C. I have no idea.
How do you rate?
Mostly As: Star pupil
Keep up the good work! Having five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, eating 25-30 grams of fiber per day, getting in thirty minutes of aerobic activity most days of the week, and being alert to risk factors in your family history are all important.
Mostly Bs: On the right path
With a few tweaks you can be a heart-healthy superstar. If exercise is your nemesis, break up the recommended 30-minutes into 10-minute increments. Substitute brown rice for white rice, or swap chicken for fish once a week. And while a glass or two of alcohol a day may be beneficial, remember to drink alcohol and eat red meat only in moderation
Mostly Cs: Time for a change
For your heart’s sake, it’s time to make some changes in your life. It’s never too late to start exercising, just be sure to consult your doctor beforehand. If you still smoke, even now and then, figure out what’s standing in the way of you quitting. And if food is your issue, sitting down with a nutritionist might be a good first step to some new habits.
At Gwinnett Medical Center, we offer resources to help you get on track. Visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org to learn more about our world-class cardiovascular program, smoking cessation classes, Diet by Design, cancer screening programs, genetic testing, fitness classes for the community and more.