Aviir Diagnostics is focused on helping residents to Guard your heart.
New Year's Day is a time for reflection and resolutions. The number one resolution is to lose weight. Stop for a moment and think about weight loss. The strongest man in America is 412 pounds. While medical authorities will declare him as obese; he uses his weight to pull tanks and demolish opponents in the ring.
Where does being the size of Horse Cartwright matter? The answer is on a ranch or a farm. Doing physical labor requires weight. Lifting a full size Christmas tree cannot be done by a weak or skinny person. Farm labor requires strength. Being big does not necessarily correlate to being unhealthy.
Spending a day on a farm gives one a clear sense of how America was built. It was built by big strong farm workers and ranch hands who lift trees. Weight lose is big business in America. Working on a farm for eight hours requires weight and strength. A person can be big in size and healthy as well. The key is exercise and a healthy diet.
Heart disease remains the number one silent killer of Americans. The good news is if individuals know their risk and take the necessary steps most cardiovascular disease is preventable. Research shows that plaque buildup in the arterial walls begins early in life and progresses through increasing degrees of atherosclerosis. Intervention strategies and healthy lifestyle changes to reduce heart disease should begin in childhood when the reversal of the process is easier.
The best way to prevent heart disease is with a healthy diet and spending time on a farm. Tanaka Farms in Irvine, CA, opened up their farm to GuardaHeart volunteers so they could harvest fresh fruits and vegetables to deliver to the inner city residents of South Central Los Angeles. The volunteers were greeted by a multitude of grateful smiling faces as they were given fresh produce that were harvested from the crops on the Tanaka Farms.
Los Angeles is miles and miles of concrete, so getting out on a farm were fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance is not only good for the heart it is also good for the mind. There are no farms in Washington, DC. Local residents must travel outside the city to see farm animals and growing crops on a working farm. The Y Worry Farm in Davidsonville, Maryland is a good example of a working farm.
Dr. Douglas Harrington, CEO of Aviir Diagnostics believes we can significantly lower an individuals’ risk of heart disease by having access to fresh produce. “We are privileged to have this opportunity to bring food to those in need, especially since their access to fresh produce is so limited,” Harrington said.
“We want to go one step further than donating food. We also want to empower the local residents on how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, even within a very small area. We also want to help them understand the important relationship of the foods we eat and heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. It has been proven that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can significant lower an individuals’ risk of heart disease,” Harrington said.
Aviir Diagnostics is a small business with a big heart. The company was founded by heart doctors and scientists from Sanford University’s Medical School to focus on discovery, development and commercialization of innovative diagnostic tests. The company is privately owned and funded by leading life science venture capital firms.
GuardaHeart is a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life.