Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gerald Levert's Untimely Death Should Be a Wake-Up Call

In the wake of the untimely death of soulful R&B singer, Gerald Levert, the issue of good nutrition and healthcare must once again come to the forefront of discussion in the African-American community.

Yes, it's a tragedy that the life of such a naturally gifted and talented individual ended so abruptly. Gerald levert was only 40 years old. He contributed greatly to the music world and he did it without stealing other people's music or cursing every other word. But we cannot overlook the fact that he was overweight and that may, very well, have played a factor in his death. Excess fat, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits can all lead to cardiovascular disease. This should be a wake up call to African-Americans everywhere who may fit the profile of being considered "obese."

What can individuals do to decrease their risk of developing cardiovascular disease?
The most effective steps all people can take to prevent CVD and stroke are as follows:

Control your weight
Control high blood pressure
Stop smoking
Eat a healthy diet, including five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day
Exercise regularly, such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes on five or more days of the week
Reduce stress
Control cholesterol

I'd rather be healthy and wise...than to be wealthy and in need of serious medical attention. What about you?

Peace & Blessings,
Beverly Mahone
Author, Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age

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