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February - American Heart Month!

Posted by paula worley on Monday, February 02, 2015

During the month of February, Americans see the human heart as the symbol of love. February is also American Heart Month, a time to not only show your loved ones some love, but to show yourself some love too!

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number 1 killer of women and men in the United States. Try out these strategies for better heart health. You'll be surprised how many of them can become lifelong habits!

  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Get your cholesterol checked.
  • Eat a healthy diet and Exercise.
  • Take your medicine.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Manage your diabetes.

This is a great time to celebrate your heart and recognize how hard it works for you. Show your heart some love with these fun, simple, and healthy tips:

  • Be sweet - Heart healthy treats are filled with natural antioxidants that can help keep your arteries open. We recommend trying blueberries or strawberries.

  • Move to the beat - Any activity that gets you moving — like dancing or walking — can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress, and protect your heart.

  • Do your thing - Activities and hobbies like painting, writing, yoga, and meditation can help slow your heart and breathing rates and lower your blood pressure.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/seniors-be-good-to-your-heart-on-valentines-day-and-all-year-long/#sthash.ijXsSy0P.dpuf

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