February Is American Heart Month


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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men & women in America. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals,& families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.  Some strategies for 
preventing heart disease and encouraging people to live heart healthy lives include…
1.  Watch your weight.  Talk with your physician to find out what a healthy weight for you should be.
2.  Take steps, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.  If you currently smoke, quitting can cut your risk for heart disease and stroke. 
3.  Control your cholesterol and blood pressure and have both checked regularly.
4.  If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation. 
5.  Add exercise to your daily routine.  Start off the month by walking 15 minutes, 3 times each week. By mid-month, increase your time to 30 minutes, 3 times each week.
6.  Increase healthy eating.  Cook heart-healthy meals at home at least 3 times each week and make you’re your favorite recipe lower sodium.  For example, swap out salt for fresh or dried herbs and spices.
Remember, making changes in habits can be hard, so try making changes small and gradual.


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