The Heart of the Matter


Heart HealthHave you thought about your heart health lately? If not, now is the time to start because February is Heart Health Awareness month.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the United States. It is important to educate yourself on the risk factors as well as preventative measures. There are numerous programs and companies dedicated to the prevention and control of heart disease, many of which are sponsoring events and programs during the month of February. Heart disease cannot always be prevented however; you can take a few steps to reduce your risk.

Simple stuff such as changing your diet or exercising can greatly reduce your risk. Fats, salts, sugars and oils should be consumed in limited quantities. These substances increase your chances of having a clogged artery and fatty build up around your heart. Instead of having two 20oz sodas try replacing one with a glass of water. Choose healthier snack options as well such as an apple or some carrot sticks to replace your 3:00 bag of chips. Try taking a couple of laps around the office during lunch or join a fitness group. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week can make a huge difference in your heart health.

You can check out the American Heart Association’s website and find some heart health events in your area!

~Gretchen Huffer

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