A Healthy Heart

Heart Disease Awareness Month 
February is heart awareness month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart disease is preventable and controllable, and now is the perfect time to learn simple steps that you can incorporate into your life to stay healthier and live longer.

Stop Smoking – The risks associated with smoking are numerous. In addition, to putting you at a higher risk for heart disease, smoking can also affect your blood pressure. Add cancer and asthma to the list, and maybe you’ll want to reconsider before you light up.

Eat Better – It’s not always easy to eat healthy. We live in an extra large, extra cheese, and over processed society. Rather than limiting yourself and feeling cheated, consider making a few simple changes to your regular diet and you’re sure to see and feel the difference. Eat more fruits and vegetables, cut back on salt, and take small portion sizes.

Get Moving – Working out doesn’t have to mean a trip to the gym. You can simply add it into your daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park in the back of the lot, or walk around the field during your kid’s soccer game instead of sitting down.

For more tips on preventing heart disease, visit the American Heart Association.

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