For Your Better Health – February 2018

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February is American Heart Month! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US. It can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Take control of your heart health with these tips:

  • Find time to be active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
  • Make healthy eating a habit. Small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference. Try making healthier versions of your favorite recipes.
  • Quit tobacco—for good. Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products affects nearly every organ in your body, including your heart.
  • Know your numbers. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease.
  • Stick to the script. Sticking with your medication routine is important for managing and controlling conditions that could put your heart at risk.