American Heart Month

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American Heart Month

There is no better time than now to talk about heart health! February is American Heart Month and we at NARA know how important heart health is to your overall wellbeing. Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, kills 1 in 4 people every year. And this year, we want to see those numbers come down. Keep reading for 4 ways to keep your heart healthy. 

  1. Eat Healthy Foods 

Starting with the obvious, changing your diet can have huge impacts on your heart health. A diet high in leafy greens, whole grains, fatty fish and berries can help keep your heart pumping strong! Focus on minimizing processed meats, fast food and added salt as part of your diet plan.  

  1. Quit Smoking  

One out of every five smoking-related deaths is caused by heart disease. By completely eliminating cigarettes and vaping from your life, you can dramatically decrease your chances of developing heart disease. Here are a few free resources to help you in your fight against nicotine! 

  1. Exercise Often 

No need to train for a triathlon, though it’s great if you do! Just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week will help keep your heart health in check. Looking for some quick and easy exercises that you can do at home? Check these out

  1. Schedule a visit to your doctor 

Yearly checkups with your doctor are an essential tool in the fight against heart disease. Your doctor will be able to identify any changes in your health year to year to help keep your levels in check.  

Almost everyone has been touched by heart disease in one way or another. This February, take some time and give your heart a little extra TLC. For more heart health tips and resources, click here