Heart Health

Eat to Your Heart’s Content & Health!

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? What a great time to refresh your knowledge on ways to keep your heart healthy and protect it from cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CVD is the number one cause of death in America.

There are many steps you can take towards a healthier heart. One step is to increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which are all high in fiber and can help with managing blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Also, limit foods high in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol. This will also help with the management of cholesterol as well as blood pressure. There are so many benefits of eating right!

Another step you can take to protect your heart is to increase your physical activity. This can be simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and parking farther away in the parking lot.

Making dietary changes and increasing physical activity will be helpful in achieving and maintain a healthy weight which is also great for your cardiovascular health. Every small step towards heart health is step in the right direction. Protect your heart today!

For additional information and tips about living a heart-healthy lifestyle, visit: http://www.eatright.org/resource/health/wellness/heart-and-cardiovascular-health/heart-health-for-women

-Melinda Frederick, dietetic intern