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#OurHearts - February is American Heart Month
By DebraMcDonagh / February 20, 2020

Produced by the National Institute of Health - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Each February, NHLBI and The Heart Truth® celebrate American Heart Month by motivating Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Their research shows that people are more successful at meeting personal health goals when we join forces with others. That is what prompted the #OurHearts movement, a national initiative to encourage people to be heart healthy together.

The Heart Foundation provided several facts about heart disease collected from the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

How can you decrease the risk of heart disease?

The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations provides tips on maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, which are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease.

Following their plan is not as hard as you may think! They have simple steps (shown below) for you to follow to receive long-term benefits to your health and your heart.

  • Use up at least as many calories as you take in.
  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups.
  • Eat less of the nutrient-poor foods.
  • Live Tobacco Free.

To read the details on each of these suggestions - click here

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