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LMC Heart & Sole Five Miler Training Plan

We hope that you’ll join us for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Five Miler in April! Training has begun this week. See the chart below and get yourself ready for a great five mile run. You can click on it to make it bigger. We’ll see you at the Start Line!

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Lower Blood Pressure by Reducing Sodium Intake

by Laura Stepp RD, LD, CDE at LMC

February is heart month. As we think about the ways we are going to show our loved ones how much we care about them, one of those ways may be to pay closer attention to how much excess sodium we might be consuming.

shutterstock_43584655During the last two years, the recommendations for sodium intake have been reviewed with new guidelines and new food labels being proposed. According to an article in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, reducing sodium intake by 400mg/day in those with uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure of 140/90) could save $2.3 million in medical costs annually.

The sodium recommendations for lowering blood pressure include:
•reducing daily intake to less than 2300mg/day
•Reducing daily intake to 1500mg/day for those at high risk for heart disease or stroke (51 yrs or older, African American, already diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease) to

To put the recommendations into perspective: 2300mg/day = 1 level teaspoon and 1500mg/day = approx 2/3 teaspoon.

The final recommendations to help lower blood pressure is to adopt a plant based diet such as the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), try to get to and maintain a healthy weight, and to exercise daily.

Reducing daily sodium intake may be easier than it first appears. According to research, the majority of our excess sodium intake comes from packaged foods and eating out at restaurants. Understanding how to read a food label can help everyone to choose lower sodium products. Below is an example of how food labels look now and the proposed new food labels.

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First, pay attention the serving size – everything on the label pertains only to the suggested serving size. Then, look at the sodium. To be sure the food is truly a low sodium product, each serving should be 140mg or less. Unfortunately, we can’t always find a low sodium version of the food we want. If that’s the case, pair a higher sodium food with low sodium foods to keep your sodium intake under control. When working with canned goods, simply drain and rinse the canned goods with fresh water to help lower and remove some of the excess sodium.

Heart & Sole Training Begins This Weekend!

On your marks, get set, go! The official 10-week training plan for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler begins this weekend. A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take care of your heart by committing to a fitness plan that will help keep your heart healthy.

H&SThe Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler will take place April 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Finlay Park. A 10-week, self-paced training program begins this Sunday, February 15. The free plan includes online tips and advice from a trainer at Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym. Download the training schedule at www.LMCHealthDirections.com

Lexington Medical Center is the new sponsor of the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler. A women’s only event held in downtown Columbia, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

“We’re proud to host the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Jeffrey Travis, heart surgeon with Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery.

The Carolina Marathon Association launched the state’s first women’s only road race in South Carolina in 2002. The Heart & Sole event grew from fewer than 400 female participants its first year to more than 2,300 in 2014. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

For more information about the event or to register, visit www.HeartAndSoleRun.com.

In addition to the free online training, there are other training options:

Strictly Running
8-week training program begins March 8
$90, includes twice-weekly group training sessions
Register at: www.strictlyrunning.com

You can also find information, inspiration and motivation for the race on Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/LexingtonMedical) and on Instagram at RunWithAmanda. “Amanda” is Amanda Castles, a personal trainer at Health Directions, who will offer training tips from now until race day.

And, follow women in training on www.EveryWomanBlog.com, a blog that’s part of Lexington Medical Center. Women bloggers are training for their first five-mile race and will chronicle the highs and lows of their journey to become runners. They’ll follow the online training program offered by the hospital and share their experience. Follow them at www.EveryWomanBlog.com and click on the Heart & Sole Training tab. The blog will also include training tips, education, motivation and inspiration from running experts.