February is American Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. However, making healthy choices can help prevent heart disease and its complications.

Follow these general guidelines for optimal heart health:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Whether fresh or frozen, both options are nutritious.
  • Choose whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, and brown rice.
  • Consume fish and lean meats. Try having fish at least twice a week.
  • Choose wholesome foods. Purchase fresh ingredients and get cookin’ in your kitchen!
  • Season food with less salt. Use lemons, limes, and aromatic spices like cumin and paprika.
  • Bake, broil, roast, grill, or sauté: Use heart-healthy olive oil to improve your “good” cholesterol levels.

If you already have heart disease, controlling your risk factors is still an important piece to staying healthy.

  1. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  2. Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  3. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  4. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  5. Stay active and eat healthy.