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American Heart Month

SHOW YOUR HEART SOME LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY 

American Heart Month is a time to battle cardiovascular disease and educate Americans on what we can do to live heart-healthy lives. Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. These diseases, the nation’s number 1 and number 3 killers, claim more than 865,000 American lives a year.

Devote your time this February to developing a happier, healthier heart. 

EAT SMART. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease. As part of a healthy diet, an adult consuming 2,000 calories daily should aim for:

  • Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day
  • Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
  • Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent servings a day
  • Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages: No more than 450 calories (36 ounces) a week

GET MOVING. By exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day, you can reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact, studies show that for every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours. Take the first step. Visit StartWalkingNow.org to find tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle. 

FIGHT STRESS. Remember to laugh! Laughter just may be the best medicine for stress management. Identify how stress affects you, and learn the ways to fight stress with healthy habits. 

QUIT SMOKING. Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Start with the 5-Step Process and quit for good. You don’t have to do it alone. Check out the many resources available to you.  

SHOW YOURSELF SOME LOVE. Take the time to evaluate your heart health this month. For help understanding where you stand, visit your doctor or start with Life’s Simple  7—seven easy steps you can take to improve your health. 

Learn, Live and Love Good Health. Your Wellbeing Advisory Council