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Brain Health and Healthy Aging

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Brain Health and Healthy Aging

As you age, a healthy body is key to a healthy brain and sharp mind. Stay healthy and active to help reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease, memory loss and difficulty with thinking and learning.

By the Numbers

  • Every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke.
  • 80% of brain disease can be linked to cardiovascular disease.
  • Stroke is the No.5 Cause of Death in the U.S.
  • 99% of U.S. adults have at least one of seven cardiovascular health risks.
  • 3 in 5 Americans will develop a brain disease in their lifetime.

Your lifestyle choices affect your brain health.

It’s never too late to start making healthier choices.

  • Get enough sleep. Adults need 7-9 hours per night. Teenagers and children need more.
  • Get regular check-ups. Schedule regular visits with your health care provider. Talk about how to control or manage your risk factors.
  • Move more, sit less. Aim for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise (or a combination) per week.
  • Eat healthy. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. Reduce your intake of sodium, added sugar, and saturated and trans fats.
  • Don’t smoke or vape. If you currently smoke or vape, quit.

How Can I Learn More?

  1. Talk with your health care provider
  2. Call 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653)

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