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Heart Health

GatorCare offers resources and education to help manage your heart’s health through behavior and lifestyle modification. With simple changes in diet, medication, and exercise you and your doctor may reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke.

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Heart Health Basics

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is having blood pressure higher than 130/80 mmHg. It’s normal to have high blood pressure for short periods of time but when your blood pressure stays high most of the time, it can cause serious health issues such as a heart attack or stroke. For most adults, hypertension develops gradually over many years without an identifiable cause (primary hypertension) but for others it is a sign of an underlying disease (secondary hypertension) such as kidney disease or hyperthyroidism.

For more information about hypertension and how to reduce your risk, visit our Heart Health Information page.

Heart Smart Webinars

Lower your risk of heart disease by engaging with these 6 webinars on heart health hosted by Employee Wellness Jacksonville Registered Dietitian Jon Vredenburg and onsite wellness coordinator Nick Tennant. Explore techniques for addressing high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease.

Nutrition Resources

Explore our nutrition resources, including healthy diet tips from the American Heart Association, our sweet and salty nutrition challenge, an interactive mindful eating presentation, and our video library with a dedicated nutrition category.

American Heart Association

Heart-Healthy Diet Tips

Explore the American Heart Association’s website for the latest tips on managing your blood pressure with a heart-healthy diet. Learn about the Heart-Check Certification program to complete details on the DASH diet.

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Sweet and Salty

Participate in our three-week sweet and salty challenge to learn how much sugar and salt is actually in your diet. Receive daily reminders and emails with information and resources.

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Mindful Eating

Explore this interactive virtual presentation to learn the why, when, what, and where of your eating cycle to break any unhealthy eating behaviors. Learn to eat with intention and enjoy your food.

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Video Library

View our comprehensive library of nutrition presentations, including nutrition and immune function, nutrition mythbusters, food safety FAQ, and all about sugar.

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Fitness Resources

Experience GatorCare’s fitness resources, ranging from live-streamed wellness classes to our video library of dozens of pre-recorded yoga, strength, cardio, and stretching classes. If you are finding yourself in an exercise slump, check out our section on breaking down your own barriers with a self-guided worksheet.

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Live-Streamed Classes

Join your GatorCare Wellness Team for live-streamed wellness classes. Strength, cardio, stretching, and meditation are all available.

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Pre-Recorded Classes

View our library of pre-recorded yoga, strength, cardio, and stretching wellness classes. Classes range from 5 to 45 minutes, and no equipment is needed. Work out on your schedule.

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Wellness Resource

Barriers to Exercise

We have all been in situations where exercise was seemingly impossible, whether due to time, illness, or enjoyment. These barriers can slow you down from reaching your goals, but can be broken down too. Follow our self-guided worksheet to find your barriers and map out a work out plan that is customized and enjoyable to you.

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Wellness Resources

Pursue whole-health well being with these wellness resources. View our meditation resources, sign up for the six-week Healthy Lifestyle Program, and participate in 12 different wellness challenges to enhance your health.

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Meditation Resources

Explore our meditation and relaxation resources, including live-streamed classes, pre-recorded sessions, and a self-guided meditation challenge. Sign up for a weekly mindfulness email and receive presentations by field experts.

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Wellness Challenge

Healthy Lifestyle Program

Join this six-week virtual series exploring different elements of creating a healthy lifestyle. Session topics include goal setting, physical activity, nutrition, energy balance, stress management, and resilience. Participate at your own pace.

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12 Tweaks to a Healthier You

Participate in 12 wellness challenges focusing on nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, emotional wellness, and more. Complete at your own pace.

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