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Published on February 08, 2016

5 Habits for Heart Health

Every time around this year you hear that heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. It is Heart Month after all!

5 Healthy Habits

If you’ve been paying attention you know that diet an exercise play a key role in preventing heart disease. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, you can lower your risk of heart attack by 87 percent by adopting five healthy habits:

  1. Not using tobacco products
  2. Exercising daily
  3. Eating a wholesome diet
  4. Alcohol in moderation
  5. Maintaining a healthy weight

That means exercising at least 30 minutes daily and following a diet that is rich in lean meats, whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Easy right?

Getting Started

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Choosing whole foods that are minimally processed
  • Shop outside of the grocery store aisles
  • Eat a rainbow of foods from dark green and orange to purple and red fruits and vegetables
  • Take up an active hobby
  • Find group activities to keep you motivated and moving
  • Ask a buddy to exercise with you
  • Do a range of things from cardiovascular activities like biking and walking to weight training and stretching

If you want to learn more about your risks for heart disease you can also take a heart screening. View infographics on heart disease risk factors and types of heart disease.

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