National Stress Awareness Month: Fight Heart Disease Through a Heart- Healthy Diet

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Oklahoma City – Stress. One little word that can take over your entire life mentally, emotionally, and even physically. Stress impacts far more than just your thoughts and feelings. According to the Mayo Clinic, stress can also affect your body. The American Heart Association (AHA) explains that the amount of stress experienced and how you react to it can lead to a variety of health problems. Stress can trigger conditions that increase heart disease risk such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. If left untreated, stress can take a toll on your heart that may lead down an irreversible path to heart disease.

Heart disease is so prevalent in the United States that, according to a 2017 AHA report, someone dies from a heart disease-related event every 40 seconds. The Oklahoma State Department of Health Chronic Disease Service states that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Oklahoma and accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in the state each year. Although heart disease is statistically the most common preventable disease, only 20 percent of Americans believe the disease is the greatest health threat they face

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership of Oklahoma City (SNP-OKC) is using Stress Awareness Month as an opportunity to help Oklahomans take an easy step to reducing their risk of heart disease by starting with a heart-healthy diet.

“Seafood is one of the leanest proteins and is high in a healthy fat known as omega-3, which is essential for heart health,” said SNP-OKC Field Director Katie Roberts. “Stress is manageable and heart disease is preventable, so there’s a huge opportunity to impact many lives in our community right here, right now.”

SNP-OKC is encouraging Oklahomans to take the Healthy Heart Pledge, a commitment to eating at least two servings of seafood each week as recommended by the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The AHA advises people to eat fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring and albacore tuna, which are all high in omega-3s.

Seafood is more than just tasty-eating seafood can literally save your life. A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association attributed 54,000 deaths per year to not eating enough seafood omega-3s.

SNP-OKC is enlisting ambassadors from all segments of the community to encourage friends, coworkers, and neighbors to take the Healthy Heart Pledge at seafoodnutrition.org. They have signed up more than 2,000 Oklahomans and have a lofty goal of enlisting 5,000 more to take the pledge before the end of 2017. SNP-OKC donates one meal to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for every Oklahoman who takes the Healthy Heart Pledge.

About Seafood Nutrition Partnership
Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the U.S. building awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of seafood. SNP is addressing the country’s public health crisis through education programs that inspire Americans to incorporate more seafood and omega-3s into their diets for improved health as per USDA Dietary Guidelines. In October 2015, SNP launched a national public health education campaign. For more information, visit SeafoodNutrition.org.

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