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Heart Health

Community news | Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of a healthy heart. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a way to raise awareness regarding Cardiovascular Disease and a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in the world. The good news is it can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing your health conditions. Research proves that small changes can make big differences. A way to increase your healthy lifestyle is to schedule a visit with your doctor to talk about heart health, add exercise into your daily routine, increase healthy eating, take steps to quit smoking, and take medication as prescribed. Studies show that just 1 ingredient improves the taste and nutrition of every meal. The key? Fruits and vegetables! It’s all about adding color to your meals in the form of fruits and veggies. You can do this by simply adding blueberries to your morning cereal, having a banana as an afternoon snack, or even adding lettuce and a tomato to a sandwich. Do your loved ones a favor this Valentine’s Day by taking care of yourself and your heart; you won’t regret a healthy life!