February is all about the heart.
Valentine’s Day decor means paper hearts all over the home and office. You see images of hearts on TV. Even candy is heart-shaped in February!
Let’s get real! It’s not all about the candy!
February is Heart Health month, and the perfect time to examine your day-to-day activities to see if you have heart healthy habits.
Did you know, while men are generally considered at greater risk for developing heart disease, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women?
Common risk factors include:
- Poor Diet
- Inactivity & Stress
- Age & Sex
- and even Poor Hygiene
Take heart! There are steps you can take to prevent heart disease!
According to recent studies, a healthy lifestyle trumps genetics in the fight against heart disease. If you play by the rules you, you can avoid becoming a statistic!
Rule 1: Follow a Healthy Diet
- A diet rich in fruits & vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats has been shown to do the heart good, by reducing cholesterol and aiding in the regulation of healthy blood pressure.
Sources- Ambrose, Elaine & Tryba, Lynn. “The Five Golden Rules of Heart Health – No Matter Your Age”. Taste For Life. February 2011: 24-27.
Mayo Clinic Staff. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120. January 12, 2011.