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Heart Health Bingo Facts

Download Heart Health Bingo Facts pdf document (3MB, 2 pages) handout.

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

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