Healthy at heart – February is American Heart Monthposted by Brent Brown on February 10, 2021
Did you know February is American Heart month?
This is a time where the nation turns its attention to keeping families and communities free from heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for Americans!
- Heart disease kills more people than all forms of cancer combined.
- Heart attacks affect more people every year than the population of Dallas, Texas.
- 83 percent of people believe that heart attacks can be prevented but aren’t motivated to do anything.
- 72 percent of Americans don’t consider themselves at risk for heart disease.
- And 58 percent put no effort into improving their heart health.
The good news is heart disease can be preventable in most cases by making healthier choices.
- Choose healthy foods and drinks.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get regular physical activity.
- Don’t smoke.
Changing what we eat and drink is one way to prevent heart disease!
- Try to eat more fruits, veggies, whole grains, and other high-fiber foods.
- Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
- Limit salt.
- Eat more foods high in omega -3 fatty acids, such as fish.
- Limit drinks and foods with added sugar.
Just remember… You don’t have to be perfect. And you don’t have to make different changes all at once. You might want to make one or two changes at a time. As soon as you are used to those, make another one or two changes. Over time, these small steps can make a big difference for your heart.
Did you know? A handful of nuts such as almonds or walnuts can help prevent food cravings and are good for your heart?
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