Heart Health Bingo Facts
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This handout suggests you photocopy and cut out the facts that are boxed off with dotted lines. There are 2 columns of facts on each sheet.
- Protect your heart. When the heart stops, life stops.
- If your waist measurement is high, you are at risk for heart disease.
- Physical activity makes your heart and lungs stronger.
- Each day, do at least 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity and encourage your children to be active for 60 minutes.
- A stroke happens when blood and oxygen can't get to the brain. The brain starts to die.
- It is best to have a blood pressure reading below 120/80 millimeters of mercury (mmHg).
- A blood pressure reading of 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mmHg) or greater is high.
- Eat less salt and sodium to help prevent high blood pressure.
- Hypertension is another term for high blood pressure.
- Heart attack warning signs are pain in the chest, arms, back, neck, or jaw; difficulty breathing; light-headedness; cold sweat; and feeling sick to your stomach.
- Use herbs and spices instead of salt.
- If you are prescribed blood pressure or cholesterol medication, take it as the doctor tells you.
- Being overweight increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- Being overweight increases your risk of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- People with diabetes can die from heart disease or stroke.
- If someone is having a heart attack or stroke, do not drive him or her. Call 9–1–1 right away.
- To lose weight, cut down on portion size and be more active.
- The food label gives the serving size and the number of calories in a serving.
- A body mass index (BMI) tells you if you are overweight. A BMI under 25 is a healthy weight.
- Eat more fruit each day. Have a banana with your cereal for breakfast.
- Eat more vegetables each day. Have a salad for lunch.
- When eating out, order baked, broiled, or grilled foods to cut down on fat and calories.
- To save food dollars, plan weekly menus. Shop with a list!
- Try fruit and fat-free yogurt for snacks.
- Smoking causes serious health problems, such as heart disease and lung cancer.
- Pregnant women should not smoke.
- Children of smokers are more likely to become smokers.
- A desirable LDL (bad) blood cholesterol level is below 100 mg/dL.
- Prediabetes means that you are on the way to developing diabetes. Act now–lose weight if overweight and become active.
- Cholesterol can clog your arteries and cause a heart attack or stroke.
- The signs of diabetes are increased thirst, hunger, and urination; fatigue; weight loss; blurred vision; and sores that don't heal.
- Trim visible fat from meat before cooking.
- Use the food label to choose foods lower in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
- Saturated fat is found in high-fat meat, cheese, milk, and butter.
- High blood pressure makes your heart work harder.
- Cook more food than you need and freeze part to use when you don't have a lot of time to cook.
- Beans, rice, fruits, and vegetables are naturally low in fat.
- Drain meat after it is cooked to get rid of some of the fat.
- A healthy triglyceride level is less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
- To prevent diabetes, keep your weight down, and be physically active.
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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.
Last Updated March 2012