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Get Active and Quit Smoking

Being active lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke. It also lowers your blood pressure and raises your “good,” artery-clearing HDL cholesterol. It reduces your risk of Type 2 diabetes and protects against cancer of the colon, breast and cervix. It also strengthens your bones, reducing your risk of osteoporosis.

If you smoke, quitting is one of best things you can do to improve your health. “It’s never too late to quit,” says John Golden, MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist, Kaiser Permanente, and Co-director of the Louise Sands Olmstead Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Virginia Hospital Center. “Smokers see a definable benefit to their heart health within a year of quitting.” Read more

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