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A Heartfelt Holiday to Be Proud Of

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and the holiday season is near. Before doubling your recommended daily caloric intake in just one sitting, consider the effects that the overindulgence of just about anything has on your heart. Enjoy a complete Thanksgiving dinner in moderation this year and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.


Did you know…?

Thanksgiving 2012 will be one for the record books. According to the U.S. census, nearly 115 million households will serve as potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday, and all that comes with it. Here are a few notable facts to keep in mind this Thanksgiving:

  1. 2,000-3,000: The average amount of calories consumed by each person in the United States on Thanksgiving—according to The University of Michigan Health System.
  2. 1-2 Lbs.: The average amount of weight gained after indulging in the Thanksgiving feast. The authors of the study performed at The University of Michigan Health Systems report: “This may not seem like much but weight gain that occurs in such a short time period may cause long-term health issues.”
  3. 768 million pounds: Cranberries may be considered merely a “staple” on the Thanksgiving dinner menu but this year, forecasters predict 768 million pounds of cranberries to be produced this year alone.

While unsightly and unpleasant, weight gain can also have lasting side-effects that will take a toll on your overall health and well-being. Complications associated with rapid weight gain include, but are not limited to:

  1. High Blood Pressure
  2. Sleep Apnea
  3. Diabetes

To ensure a fully enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family, stick to one serving of your favorite side dishes and walk off the calories the next morning. Staying active throughout the holiday weekend will allow you to enjoy the few days that you have to yourself.

For more information about your heart health, contact a local cardiologist today to request a consultation.

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