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Be kind to your heart, it's American Heart Month!

Get Heart Healthy

 

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and remains the greatest single threat to your life.  Each day, you have the power to make a difference in your own life as well as in the lives of others.  By lowering your risks of suffering a heart attack or stroke, you are leading the charge for heart health, for a longer life, and a better future.

Evidence continues to show that lack of physical activity is a primary risk for heart disease.  Regular, moderate-intensity physical activity can lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack as well as help control or reduce other risk factors for heart disease:  Obesity, Diabetes, High blood pressure, High Cholesterol.

 

You don't have to be an athlete to lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.  If you are not in the habit of being physically active, don't lose heart....it may be easier than you think:

 

Increase the number of steps you take throughout the day....take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car further from your destination.

 

Join a gym or your local YMCA.

 

If you have a treadmill but don't use it, dust off the cobwebs and get started.  Set up a TV, music, or even listen to a book on CD to help pass the time.

 

Mall walking..malls are huge and have plenty of room for you to get in a good workout.  Some malls have walking programs where they open earlier and let walkers walk before shoppers can come into the mall.

 


Mindful eating can improve your heart health.

According to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.  It's not as hard as you think!  Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart.

 

Choose lean meats and poultry without skin and prepare them without added saturated and trans fat.

 

Select fat-free and reduced fat dairy products.

 

Cut back on foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (found on the ingredient list on product packaging) to reduce trans fat in your diet.

 

Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol.  Aim to eat less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol each day.

 

Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.

 

Keep an eye on portion sizes.

 

Limit foods and beverages that are high in calories but low in nutrients.

 

 

Good nutrition will help your heart.  As an extra bonus, it also improves your overall health, increases your energy level, and strengthens your immune system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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