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February is the start of American Heart month. Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., claiming more lives than all cancers combined. It is important for us to take a serious look at what we can do to lower our risk for heart disease this month and throughout the year. Follow the tips below to get started on your path toward heart health.

1. Be Active: Physical activity is one of the best ways to fight off heart disease and other chronic conditions. Any amount of activity is better than nothing; however at least 30 minutes a day is ideal. Can’t devote a full 30 minutes? Split your exercise into 10 minute increments. Talk to your provider about activities that are safe for you.

2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Include a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein sources (poultry without skin, seafood, processed soy products, nuts, seeds, beans, peas). Avoid foods and beverages that are high in fat, sugar and sodium. Eating foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet can also lower your blood pressure.

3. Aim for a Healthy Weight: Carrying extra weight especially in your mid-section is hard on the heart and can increase risk for diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just 5% to 10% of your starting weight can make a big difference in your blood pressure and blood sugar.


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