Healthy eating helps a healthy heart and weight
(Inside Aotea, December 2011)
Use the longer and warmer days to get outside and get some exercise -- at the beach, your local park or even in your own backyard. Regular exercise is good for your heart and a healthy diet can help keep your weight down.
Here are some key benefits of exercise and good diet:
- Increased energy and better mobility
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Reduction in blood pressure
- Reduced aches and pains and improved breathing
- More oxygen to the heart
- Reduction in risk of angina, heart disease and stroke
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Prevention of non-insulin dependent (Type 2) diabetes.
Experts say that the risk of developing non-insulin-dependent diabetes increases as a person puts on more weight.
Diabetes New Zealand promotes a concept called the 'healthy plate' as key to healthy eating and controlling weight. A healthy plate is a controlled size and half-filled with vegetables.
Find out more about the healthy plate at http://www.diabetes.org.nz. Go to Food and nutrition > Ideal plate.