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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Join Us on Saturday, August 9th, for a Healthy Picnic in the Park

You are invited to join Healthcare United and the National Nursing Network Organization for a potluck picnic at Gabriel Park, located at SW 45th & Vermont Street in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the picnic is "Healthy Heart". We are asking you to choose a healthy snack to share and come prepared to exercise, play games with your children, have fun, and become better educated on ways to keep your and your family's hearts healthy.

According to the National Institute of Health, heart disease is the leading cause of the death in America. Over 25% of all deaths are from heart disease. It is also a major cause of disability. The risk of heart disease increases as you age. You have a greater risk of heart disease if you are a man over age 45 or a woman over age 55. You also are at greater risk if you have a close family member who had heart disease at an early age.

We are advocating for an Office of the National Nurse to focus the country on prevention. There are several ways you can reduce your chances of getting heart disease. You should:

Know your blood pressure-- 120/80 or lower is normal blood pressure.
Exercise regularly.
Don't smoke.
Get tested for diabetes and if you have it, keep your blood sugar under control.
Know your cholesterol and triglyceride levels so that you may aim to keep them normal.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
Maintain a healthy weight for your height.

The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, August 05, 2008  

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