HELLO, MI neighbour! As we come across information (old or new) which could be beneficial to our neighbours, we should not hesitate to share it with them.
The bit I just came across, and share with you now, is quite old, but a reminder won't kill. As a matter of fact, it could save your life. This is about one of the leading causes of death in our world - heart disease. Put your heart at ease, however. According to the experts, by following a few heart-disease prevention tips, your heart can be healthy all the days of your life. Want to hear more?
The information available to us is that smoking or use of tobacco is a significant contributor to the development of heart disease. Why? They say that the nicotine in cigarette smoke makes the heart work harder by narrowing the blood vessels and increasing the heart rate and blood pressure.
The result is often a heart attack. Women who smoke and take birth control pills are at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke than those who don't, it is said. Sad. This risk increases with age, especially in women older than 35. Did you hear that? Be wise.
It is also my understanding that people who exercise for at least 30 minutes each day will strengthen their heart muscles, thus making them less susceptible to heart disease. Note that if you cannot do half an hour each day, you should do what you can. Just make it a daily routine.
Additionally, physical activities help to control your weight and can reduce your chances of developing other conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which may put a strain on your heart. And remember that activities such as gardening, housekeeping, taking the stairs, etc, all add up to your benefit.
It is also recommended that for a healthy heart, a heart-healthy diet is a must. This involves eating foods that are low in fat, cholesterol, and salt. The frequent intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is very valuable to a healthy heart.
It is strongly felt that red meat, dairy products, deep-fried foods, margarines, crackers, etc, should be avoided in the name of a healthy heart. Last, but not least, research shows that as you put on weight in adulthood, your weight gain is usually more fat than muscle. This excess weight can lead to conditions that increase your chances of heart disease. Think on these things and do the wise thing.
Well, I think that by sharing that information with you, I have done my neighbourly duty for today. How about including someone from the list below in your neighbourly duties today?
1. Bilna for offering blankets to babies.
2. Elaine, St Catherine, for offering a stove.
3. Scott Foundation, for acts of neighbourliness.
4. Tibby's Auto, for acts of neighbourliness.
5. Vanessa's Salon & Spa, 141C Constant Spring Road, for kind deeds to senior citizens.
Joseph, St Mary, needs a bed and a dresser.
Neighbour, Clarendon, elderly, needs a wheelchair.
Lornette, single mother needs a stove.
Neighbour, husband needs to go on dialysis machine at a cost of $20,000 per week; asking for neighbour's help.
Neighbour had recent surgery and unable to work; asking for an igloo to start a little juice business.
Neighbour, St Andrew, needs the following books: The Lion and Jewel, Maths Matters Workbook 3, A Secondary Social Studies Workbook 3, Geogaphy for CSEC, Skills In Geography by Rahil; also, size 11 black female shoes.
Neighbour, asking for clothing and food for girls ages three and seven and boy four months of age.
Murelda, scheduled for surgery at a cost of $800,000 - asking for neighbours' help.
Neighbour, Clarendon, needs crochet threads to help generate income. Caring for 84-year-old mother; also needs bed linen.
Carlos, St James, needs a stove.
To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412, deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10. Email email@example.com.