Thursday, February 10, 2011

Love Your Heart!

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Every year since its congressional approval in 1963, the President has issued a proclamation to this effect, to help raise public awareness of heart disease. Even though most people associate heart disease with men, it's also the leading cause of death among women. To raise awareness about heart disease and women, the American Heart Association's Go Red campaign aims to help women take action against heart disease.

Here are some ideas to keep your heart in tip-top shape:
• Limit your intake of fat
• Choose heart-healthy fats (think avocado, olive oil and nuts) over saturated fats and trans fats (in processed and baked good, animal fat and dairy products)
• Limit your intake of sugars, especially refined sugar
• Limit your intake of sodium/salt
• Choose more whole grains, legumes, fresh produce and low fat dairy products
• Choose lean meat and poultry
• Include fish in your diet
• Control portions and moderate food choices
• Become physically active for 30 to 60 minutes a day
• Stop smoking
• Limit your intake of alcohol

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