Proper nutrition, combined with safe and effective exercise, is especially important to maintain good health in people with hemophilia. HFA’s FitFactor Program , offers services designed to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through regular physical activity and proper nutrition.
It is so important to get the essential nutrients we need and even more important in an individual with a bleeding disorder. Developing strong bones and muscles can help reduce the number of bleeds an individual experiences and being at a healthy weight will help to reduce the amount of stress on joints.
By adding a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet you will not only ensure you are getting the many nutrients you need, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C . But you are also reducing your risk of many conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, obesity and bone loss.
Join the American Heart Association today as they celebrate healthy eating on their National Eating Healthy Day initiative:
Serving Up Fruits and Veggies on National Eating Healthy Day
On this National Eating Healthy Day, listen to the advice of generations of mothers: Eat your vegetables (and fruit).
Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily, that means about 4 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day.
“Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and low in saturated fat and calories,” said Rachel Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont and immediate past-chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee. “Most fruits and vegetables also have no or little sodium, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.”
While heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for all Americans, more than 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable through behaviors like making better food choices, getting regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking.
The AHA has a free fruits and vegetable resource guide to help people incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet.
For more information:
Visit HFA’s FitFactor program at: http://www.hemophiliafed.org/programs/fitfactor/