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Millie Cooper Honored by American Heart Association

February 9, 2016 2 comments

Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Every 60 seconds, someone in the United States dies from a heart disease-related event. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined.  According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Additionally, 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.

Millie Cooper, known as the “First Lady of Aerobics,” was recently honored with the Sandi Haddock Impact Award at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon in Dallas thanks to her global efforts to promote physical activity and healthy habits.  Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper, are longtime supporters of the American Heart Association and major advocates of living healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease.

Go Red Luncheon Family Crop

From left to right: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, Millie Cooper, T.J. Estes, Berkley Estes, Angie Cooper and Dr. Tyler Cooper

At the February 4 luncheon, close to 1,300 attendees heard from heart attack survivor Elissa Taylor, a Dallas-area mother who in 2015 had a heart attack at age 39. Her message to women is to take care of yourself, slow down, see your doctor and know the warning signs of a heart attack (which are different in women than in men).

Additionally, Lori Greiner of Shark Tank and QVC-TV paralleled business success with living healthy lifestyles. She explained the importance of women taking control of their health, not being afraid to ask questions and working hard to be healthy, safe and there for their loved ones.

Go Red Luncheon Lori

The phrase “Go Red” is a call to action for women to understand the risk of heart disease and stroke and actively work to keep their bodies healthy in order to prevent a cardiac event.  Remember…

G – Get Your Numbers

O – Own Your Lifestyle

R – Raise Your Voice

E – Educate Your Family

D – Donate

To learn more about the Go Red for Women campaign, click here. To see more photos from the event, visit the Cooper Aerobics Facebook page.

H.E.L.P. for Strokes

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

HELP for StrokesAccording to the American Heart Association, nearly 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Although this is a highly preventable disease, strokes are the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

Don’t let a stroke take you by surprise. With a stroke occurring on average every 40 seconds, it can take a vibrant, healthy person by surprise in a matter of moments. It is crucial to understand the warning signs of a stroke.  If you can remember HELP NOW, you can remember how to detect signs of stroke:

H – Headache: A sudden, severe headache, particularly in someone with no history of headaches.

E – Eyesight: A sudden change in vision in either one or both eyes.

L – Language: A sudden difficulty in talking or understanding speech.

P – Paralysis:  The sudden onset of a complete inability to use a part of the body, especially an arm and a leg on the same side.

N – Numbness:  The sudden onset of numbness on the face, an arm and/or a leg, especially on the same side.

O – Orientation: The sudden onset of disorientation or confusion.

W – Weakness: The sudden onset of weakness in an arm and/or leg, especially on one side.  This needs to be evaluated even if the person still has some use of the extremity.

Prevention is the key.  In the event that symptoms occur in spite of your preventive measures, every second counts.  Should any of these occur, seek medical help immediately. To more about building a healthy heart, click here.

Heart Smart Food Label Reading

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Heart HealthThere’s no better time to start reading food labels than this February, American Heart Month. One of the most important steps when eating for a healthy heart starts when you’re at the grocery store before you add foods to your cart. Reading food labels can be a bit tricky. With a few simple guidelines, you will know know what to look for and literally what to take to heart.

1.  Serving Size. Start at the top and check out the serving size. This tells you how much of the product is in a single serving. All of the data that follows refers back to what is in that single serving. Beware of multiple servings in a package (see “servings per container” below), because you need to calculate the right amount according to how much you actually eat.
Heart Smart Tip: Pay attention to the serving size to keep your weight in check. Maintaining a healthy weight is going to help keep your blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in a healthy range.

2.  Servings per Container. You will find this right below the serving size. Just like it sounds, it’s the number of servings in the whole container. For example, if the serving size on a box of crackers is 10 pieces and you eat 20 pieces, double the data listed to account for the amount you eat.
Heart Smart Tip: If there are multiple servings in a package, it’s a good idea to stick with just one serving. This will help you better manage portions and weight. Take out the amount of one serving, put it on a small dish and immediately return the package to the fridge or pantry.

3.  Calories. Check out the calories! This tells you, based on the serving size, how much the food counts toward your total daily calorie budget. Simply put, if you’re watching your waistline for peak heart health, then this number is worth counting. If you know the number of calories you need to achieve a healthy weight, then you can figure out how much you can eat of that specific food.
Heart Smart Tip: Calories are your body’s fuel source. Try spreading them out throughout the day for your best energy levels. Skipping meals usually leads to overcompensating by chowing down at other times of the day, particularly in the evening hours. Eating too many calories at any time of day and especially at night when you’re typically relaxing and more inclined to overeat, is counterproductive when you’re trying to watch your weight.

4.  Total Fat. Look at the total grams of fat on food labels. The general recommendation for a heart healthy diet is about 30 percent of daily calories from fat.
Heart Smart Tip: A 2,000 calorie diet should contain no more than about 65 grams (g) of fat per day. To put this in perspective, if a single serving of food contains 30 g of total fat, this accounts for a big chunk, almost 50 percent of your daily allotted fat! You might want to reconsider your options.

5.  Saturated Fat. This number is especially important for your heart. Saturated fat is one of the “ugly” fat sources in the diet. It drives up the LDL (bad) cholesterol, which clogs your arteries and increases your risk of heart disease. Offensive saturated fats are found in high fat dairy foods (whole milk, cheese, butter, cream-based foods and ice cream); high fat meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and ribs; and oils found in coconut and palm kernel oil and products made with these ingredients.
Heart Smart Tip: Select low-fat and nonfat dairy products, such as fat-free milk, 1 percent milk, reduced-fat cheeses (with no more than 3  g saturated fat per serving), nonfat yogurt and low-fat frozen treats. Ban butter and go for liquid oil-based spreads instead. Choose meats that are low-fat with no more than 3 g of saturated fat per three ounce (oz.) serving. Avoid coconut milk, yogurt and frozen treats which are extremely loaded in saturated fat.

6. Trans Fat: If saturated fats are “ugly,” trans fats (a.k.a. hydrogenated fats) are “evil.”  They are evil because not only do they raise your LDL cholesterol, they also lower your heart protective good HDL cholesterol. That’s a double whammy! Trans fats are artificial and were originally created to improve food texture and keep foods more shelf-stable. Common sources of trans fat include some margarines, cakes, biscuits, fried foods, sweets and many high fat dairy products. Note, many liquid oil-based margarines now contain no trans fat and therefore can be included in small amounts in a heart healthy diet. Try not to get any trans fat in your diet.
Heart Smart Tip: Look for the number “zero” on labels next to the trans fat. Beware: if one serving of a food lists 0 g of trans fat, it may still contain trace amounts. By law, a food company does not have to disclose any trans fats if a single serving contains no more than 0.5 g of trans fat.  Read the “Ingredients” list at the bottom of the label and if one of the first ingredients is “hydrogenated oil” or “partially hydrogenated oil,” then put that food back on the shelf. If you choose to occasionally eat foods containing trans or hydrogenated fats, then at the very least, consume just one serving.

7.  Cholesterol. The American Heart Association deems that a general heart healthy diet should contain no more than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per day. Foods containing the highest amounts of cholesterol are egg yolks, liver and other organ meats, and shrimp. Most meats, including lean meats, fish and poultry, high-fat cheese, butter and high-fat mayonnaise contain in the ball park of 35-90 g per serving. A “typical” serving is defined as 3 oz. of meat, 1 oz. of cheese, and 1 Tbsp. of either butter or mayonnaise.
Heart Smart Tip: Try not to consume the very high cholesterol containing foods very often and keep your daily animal protein intake from fish, chicken, turkey, lean pork and lean red meat to no more than about 4-8 oz. a day. The amount of protein you need per day should match your calorie needs.

8.  Sodium. The current dietary guidelines recommend no more than 1,500-2,300 mg of sodium per day. Too much salt in the diet drives up blood pressure which can lead to heart disease. Some foods are shockingly high in sodium, even if they don’t taste “salty.” Don’t try to guess if there’s a lot of salt in your food, read the label. Common culprits of sodium are processed meats and cheeses, canned soups and vegetables, convenience foods, salted snacks, seasonings and condiments (soy sauce, bouillon cubes, pickles, bottled sauces and dressings, such as salad dressing, tomato sauce, mustard and ketchup). The list goes on – as much as 75 percent of the sodium found in the average American diet comes from processed foods, not the salt shaker.
Heart Smart Tip: Select snacks and side dishes with no more than 300 mg sodium per serving. Choose entrees with less than 600-800 mg sodium per serving. Compare similar foods and choose the ones with the least amount of sodium. Use salt-free seasonings, such as Mrs. Dash in place of all varieties of salt, including sea salt, which is no lower in sodium than table salt.

9.  Dietary Fiber. Become a fan of fiber, if you’re not already. Fiber is famous for many of its redeeming qualities. The type of fiber that is credited for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol  is “soluble” fiber, found in oatmeal and oat bran dry cereals such as Cheerios, Kashi Heart to Heart and Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Cinnamon Oat Crunch. Soluble fiber is also known to help stabilize your blood sugar and reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. The other type of fiber, “insoluble” fiber, functions to help with digestion and satiety. A high fiber diet contains a wealth of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, beans, nuts and seeds. Because fiber can help fill you up, it can help you consume fewer calories and lose weight. Aim for 20-35 g of fiber every day.
Heart Smart Tip: Get your daily dose of fiber with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Frozen vegetables are another great option and are often more convenient. Select wholegrain products, such as brown rice, wholewheat or whole-oat cereals, wholegrain breads, pastas and other high fiber starches. Compare food labels to get the most fiber bang for your buck. As a general rule of thumb, pick out cereals with at least 5 g of fiber per serving and wholegrain breads, pastas and rice with at least 3 g of fiber per serving.

So the next time you head to the grocery store, take a few moments to check out the food labels. Once you’re equipped with the knowledge, it will take less time and effort to plan heart healthy meals for you and your family.

Cooper Aerobics Goes Red for American Heart Month

February 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Pinterest Heart Health Quotes3Today marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association‘s Go Red for Women Movement and also kicks off American Heart Month. We are proud to Go Red and support this important cause. We share a mission with the American Heart Association—working to fight heart disease and stroke. For more than 40 years we have been helping people Get Cooperized through the practice of preventive medicine by identifying early signs of heart disease.

Our organization has a longstanding history with the American Heart Association. In 1992, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper launched the first Dallas Heart Walk. They started with just 400 walkers, and today, the Dallas Heart Walk is the largest in the nation with more than 50,000 walkers, raising more than $4 million for cardiovascular research.

Here’s a few ways that we are showing our support to fight heart disease and stroke:

  • Go Red with Heart Healthy Tips: Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for daily heart healthy tips, articles, videos and inspiration. This month all of our social channels are going red! Plus, we’ll have new articles and videos from our Cooper experts throughout the month on our Health Tips page.
  • Shop to your heart’s content. Cooper Spa Dallas is donating 10 percent of gift card proceeds from Feb. 1-14 to the American Heart Association. And all month long, Cooper Spa Dallas will donate 10 percent of all retail products that are marked with a red heart. Purchase online or call 972.392.7729.
  • Irresistibly Heart Healthy Culinary Demo: Want to learn how to make heart smart choices without feeling deprived?  Cooper Clinic Registered Dietitian Cindy Kleckner will demonstrate how fresh ingredients and bold flavors can make a delicious difference on Monday, Feb. 11 at Cooper Craig Ranch in McKinney.  Heart smart substitutions to reduce fat, saturated fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories will be emphasized. Register here.
  • Race to No Place: Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch for a stationary cycling relay, benefiting the American Heart Association. Teams of two to ten people will “race” with the goal of “traveling” the most miles. Register here.

We hope you’ll join us in building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Leave a comment and tell us how you plan to Go Red this month.