Jayne Giese
Staff Writer

Living a healthy lifestyle is not only beneficial for physical appearance as well as health, but it is also the number one recommended way to help prevent cardiovascular disease.  Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America for both men and women, according to www. cdc.gov. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.). 

“There is so much information out there on many other diseases.  For example, it is a common misconception that breast cancer is the number one cause of death for women when it is actually in fact cardiovascular disease,” said Lisa Augustine, Ph.D. Interim Dean for the Health and Wellness Sciences Division at Lorain County Community College.

Vital to live healthy

“It is important for young people to get in a healthy lifestyle now, that is the biggest defense against cardiovascular disease. Many students don’t realize all the resources available to them right here on campus that are free,” Augustine said.

LCCC has many avenues for students to get some type of physical activity while they are on campus.  All students qualify for memberships at the fitness center.  The center includes resistance training, cardio equipment, an indoor track, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and running programs. 

“Next month we have a wellness event for children in the PE building. The event days are Nov. 12, 19, and 21 from 9:15 a.m.-10 a.m.  The classes are taught by my students, and this event helps make learning about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle fun for kids.  The classes consist of yoga poses, dancing, making healthy food choices, heart rate monitoring, the importance of hand sanitizer, and other activities,” said Augustine.

On Nov. 20, from 12:00 p.m.- 12:50 p.m. Jihad Khalil, MD from the Cleveland Clinic, will host an event all about cardiovascular disease. The event will take place in the Norton Culinary Arts Center Lobby.    

“Never too late to start”

“The biggest message I want to get across to everyone is that it is never too late to start building a healthy foundation.  You are never too old or too young, you can start today.  Utilize the services we have on campus, use portion control and watch what you eat, and stay hydrated. I can’t stress that enough,” Augustine urged. 

The warning signs

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, neck, or upper stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea, light-headedness, or cold sweats

Risk factors

  • Diabetes
  • Overweight or obesity
  • Poor diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Tobacco and nicotine products

(Source: CDC.gov)