Herbalife is spreading the word about the basics of heart health with the help of its experts, including Herbalife Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Dr. John Agwunobi. “My passion for public health is why I’m excited to be working for Herbalife,” he says. “The ability to reach and touch so many people, in their communities, all around the world, makes Herbalife unique.”
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Dr. Agwunobi’s job is to support Herbalife expert advisory boards, the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and the company’s clinical, scientific and quality oversight leadership teams around the world. His background is as a pediatrician who, in the past, had the honor of serving as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs. With regards to heart health, Dr. Agwunobi has three simple tips to share:
- Get active – 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day will support cardiovascular wellness.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy weight – If you’re overweight or obese, weight loss can have a significant positive impact on your cardiovascular system.
Eat healthy – Add more nutrition to your plate by eating fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
The Argument for Getting Active
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are many important benefits of regular exercise. Regular exercise can help you:
- Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer
Samantha Clayton, Herbalife Senior Director Worldwide Fitness Education, says that exercising just a little bit every day is a great way to improve heart health. “It’s always better to do some exercise instead of no exercise,” says Clayton. “When you’re feeling busy and stressed, promise yourself that you’ll manage at least 10 minutes, even if you can’t find time for a longer workout session. A great way to truly benefit from a short session is to focus on one specific area of the body or one element of fitness such as strength, cardio or flexibility.”
According to the CDC, “…the bottom line is – the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt.”
Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight
The CDC also reports that there are important health benefits with modest weight loss (5 to 10 percent of your total body weight), including lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars. With significant weight loss, people report improvements in physical health, energy levels, physical mobility, general mood and self-confidence.
You Are What You Eat
A healthy diet consists of the right balance of macronutrients (like protein, fats and carbs) with vitamins and minerals. Protein from lean meats, nuts and plants is especially important to weight management. “There is evidence that modestly increasing the proportion of protein in the diet, while controlling total calorie intake, may improve body composition, facilitate fat loss and improve body weight maintenance after weight loss,” says David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N., Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB).
“A heart-healthy diet is one that calls for a variety of good-for-you foods – including lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, adequate amounts of fiber and modest amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fat,” says Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., F.A.N.D., Herbalife Director Worldwide Nutrition Training.
Herbalife Promotes Healthy, Active Lives
Around the world, Herbalife Members host fitness camps, where people work out, have fun and keep each other motivated in a group setting that reinforces positive habits.
Herbalife actively seeks new ways to promote heart health and public health.