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Healthy Living in North Carolina

We hope that our North Carolina ACLS, PALS and BLS certification customers will use this page as a resource for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Please read on to find out some ways that you can lead a healthy and active life in the state of North Carolina

Healthy Diet

The obesity rate in North Carolina is approximately 28%. As our North Carolina PALS, BLS and ACLS customers understand, obesity is connected to a variety of heart-related ailments. One of the best ways to prevent emergencies such as heart attacks and cardiac arrests is to maintain a healthy diet. Here are some tips to clean up your eating habits.

  • Use a smaller plate when dishing up. You will eat less food!
  • Avoid grains as much as you can. If you do eat grains, make sure to eat whole grain.
  • Eat lean protein like chicken, tofu and fish.
  • Vary your vegetables. A good way to eat a variety of vegetables is to pick veggies of different colors.
  • Eat a bowl of fruit for dessert.
  • Avoid pre-packaged and processed food.

Another way to help your diet is to learn how to buy healthy food. A farmer's market is a great place to pick up fresh produce and unprocessed meat. When you shop at a farmer's market, you are also supporting local farmers. Here is a link that will help you find a nearby farmers market in North Carolina. http://www.ncfarmfresh.com/

Active Living

Along with eating healthy, maintaining a physically active lifestyle is critical in the prevention of cardiovascular-related emergencies. Experts recommend between 20-30 minutes of light to moderate physical activity every day. Below are some great ways to be more physically active.

Daily Routine

Sometimes the best way to increase your daily physical activity is to change your daily routine.

  • Do sit-ups during commercials while you watch TV.
  • Ride your bicycle to work instead of drive.
  • Take a 5-minute break at work to walk around.
  • Take your dog on a longer than usual walk.
  • Park your car at the far end of the parking lot.
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.

Visit the Beach

North Carolina boasts some beautiful beaches. The beach is a great place to get some exercise. You can run, walk, play sports, swim or dig around the sand with your children. All of these count as physical activity. Here is a guide to the North Carolina beaches. http://www.visitnc.com/journeys/highlights/nc-coast-beaches

For the Children

The childhood obesity rate in North Carolina is approximately 26%. It is important for parents to make sure that their children are getting plenty of exercise. The following are some good North Carolina activities for the whole family.

Museum of Life and Science - 433 West Murray Avenue, Durham, NC

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores - 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Discovery Place - 301 North Tyron Street, Charlotte, NC

Other Activities in North Carolina - http://www.visitnc.com/story/15-fun-family-destinations

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