The skinny on physical activity 

Physical inactivity has a detrimental effect on your health. America is spending more time than ever sitting in front of screens—at work and at home —which means less time being active. Studies have shown that inactive people can double their risk of heart disease.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity weekly for adults, and 60 minutes a day for kids. So, grab your sneakers, lace up and get moving toward a healthier heart. And the numbers don’t lie:

  • Research has shown that each hour of regular exercise can add about two hours to your life expectancy, even if you don't start until middle age.

  • Regular physical activity can relieve tension, anxiety, depression and anger.

  • Exercise increases the flow of oxygen, which directly affects the brain. Your mental awareness and memory can be improved with physical activity.

  • Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by about as much as some high-blood pressure medications.

  • Obesity costs American companies $225.8 billion a year in health-related productivity losses. An obese employee costs employer additional $460 to $2,500 in medical costs and sick days per year.

  • Kids aren’t getting enough physical education at school. Just under 4 percent of elementary schools offer P.E. daily. In all, 22 percent of U.S. schools do not require any physical education.

The power of clean foods

An estimated 97 percent of Americans do not know or underestimate their sodium intake. Too much sodium increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems, but this excess isn’t just from salting your food. Take these facts and figures into consideration:

  • Over 77 percent of America’s intake comes from processed and restaurant food.

  • The less you eat it, the less you crave it — 75 percent of Americans want less sodium in processed and restaurant food.

  • Fifty-eight percent of Americans have tried to reduce the amount of sodium in their diet.

  • On average, Americans eat more than 3,400 MG of sodium daily, an incredible 1000 MG more than AHA’s recommendation.

The power of hands-only CPR

When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Are you ready to assist in an emergency?

  • Each year, over 326,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.

  • According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.

  • Over 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes and residential settings.

  • Unfortunately, only 45 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.

  • Hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.