Heart disease includes conditions affecting the heart, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure and congenital heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.
Start working toward optimal heart health!
- Know your numbers: The first step in preventing heart disease is knowing your current health status. Two good indicators of your heart health are your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Make healthy food choices: Eat a balanced diet and choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Try to eat foods from each of the five food groups every day. The five food groups include grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein.
- Get moving, Get 30 minutes of activity & vary your exercise by mixing aerobic & muscle-strengthening activities. Finding it hard to get started? Try breaking up your activity into smaller, manageable chunks of time, like a 10-minute brisk walk!
Celebrate February and American Heart Month
The perfect gift this Valentine’s Day is the gift of heart health. Along with Valentine’s Day, February marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health.
Read more about the small changes you can make to have a big difference on your health.