rainbowWe often hear or read about causes of death in North America but where does the information come from…Is someone just making this up to make us move more or stop smoking?  Is this some kind of trick to make us spend more money?  Well here are the facts about the stats…


The World Health Organization (WHO) collects data on health issues within the United Nations system.  The statistics they collect are used for health care research, which helps find cures for diseases, and informs us about the risks of getting diseases.  Basically, we look at the statistics and from there analyze our current health situation.  For example:


NUMBER 1 on the list…you guessed it…


CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE ~ in 2002, 7.2 million people died of coronary heart disease, 5.5 million from stroke or another form of cerebrovascular disease.

In the US, in 2000, about 40% of deaths were caused by this disease.  It’s right up there for Canada and other high-income countries as well.


What is cardiovascular disease and how can you prevent it?  GOOD QUESTION! 


Here’s the definition of cardiovascular:

“The circulatory system comprising the heart and blood vessels which carries nutrients and oxygen to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide and other wastes from them.” 


Here is the definition of cardiovascular disease:

“Cardiovascular diseases affect the heart and blood vessels and include arteriosclerosis, coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, arrhythmia, heart failure, hypertension, orthostatic hypotension, shock, endocarditis, diseases of the aorta and its branches, disorders of the peripheral vascular system, and congenital heart disease.”


I’m not going to go crazy on details here… I just want you to understand that this, in many cases is a preventable disease….


Of course the number one cause of many diseases is SMOKING!  Ok this isn’t a public announcement for quitting…I’m just giving you the facts…

Next reason- IMPROPER NUTRITION… all that boxed, bagged and canned crap that we eat is basically making us toxic. 

Another reason – LACK OF PHYICAL ACTIVITY… Not moving?  Overweight? Maybe now you’ll have a reason to get up and move! Even if you are unable to jump up and run there are ways of moving to get your heart rate up there and sweat.


Basically all these to say that doing CARDIO… hello cardiovascular activities do you see the connection yet?  That’s right, it’s important to get your heart rate up and start moving because you release toxins from your body, which help to prevent this and many other diseases.  (Don’t forget the weights…cardio doesn’t just mean running, it could also be resistance training…switch it up!)


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