Take Care of Your Heart

Posted Feb 01, 2013 at 08:23 AM in Community

February is American Heart Month. The best thing anyone could do for their loved ones is to get healthy so that they can enjoy a long life. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in America, but it can affect anyone. Some risk factors for heart disease like family history and age can’t be changed but there are ways to start taking better care of your heart.

  1. Regulate your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  2. If you smoke, commit to a plan to quit. If you’re not a smoker, avoid secondhand smoke.
  3. Achieve or sustain a healthy weight. Ask your doctor what your recommended weight range is and what steps you should take to reach it.
  4. Get moving! Exercise is an important aspect of heart health. Thirty minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise is recommended.
  5. Cut back on foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, sugar, cholesterol and salts. Add more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  6. Reduce stress and tension with exercise, nutrition, rest and relaxation. Maintain a positive energy, smiling and laughing are great stress relievers!
  7. Have a cardiac risk assessment done. Talk to your doctor about your heart and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

American Heart Month kicks off with National Wear Red Day today, February 1st. Wear red to show your commitment to keeping hearts healthy. To learn more about the American Heart Association click on the banner.


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