CHICAGO - “Loved ones will appreciate your concern for their health and well-being,” said Steven Leers, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery®. “Instead of buying a sweater, buy a sweat suit. Encourage exercise and healthy habits that will lead to the sharing of more holidays in the future.”
The gift of good health can’t be wrapped in a box but it can be encouraged. Dr. Leers suggests a few of the following presents for loved ones:
· A pair of good walking shoes
· Sports equipment, e.g., a basketball, football, bicycle, ice skates, skis
· Exercise equipment such as a jump rope, smart bells, exercise CD or book
· Exercise apparel such as a jogging suit or swimsuit
· Action video games that require movement
· A health club membership
· A healthy eating cookbook
· Exercise magazine subscription
· Membership in a fruit-of-the-month club
“For truly heartfelt gifts this holiday season, consider encouraging loved ones to remain active and fit,” said Dr. Leers. “For both children and adults, remaining active is the key to maintaining good blood flow throughout the body.”
Good blood flow is important for everybody. Clogs in arteries can result in a stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in America according to 2010 National Vital Statistics Report. Last year, 137,000 Americans died from strokes.
In addition, good blood flow is a component of blood pressure. According to the 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, one in every three Americans more than 20 years old has high blood pressure.
“Lifestyle choices influence blood flow,” said Dr. Leers. “Thirty 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week, a healthy diet, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption, and a healthy body weight are important. Encouraging healthy habits is the best gift you can give a loved one this holiday season.”
For vascular health information, visit: VascularWeb.org.
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About the Society for Vascular Surgery®
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 3,550 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular disease. Visit its Web site at VascularWeb.org®. Follow SVS on Twitter and Facebook.