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It’s a Matter of the Heart

Helpful Tips to Stay Heart Healthy

Obviously, your heart is a very important part of your body. Without it, blood would not be able to be pumped to all your other vital organs. The happier your heart is, the healthier your body will be!

Here are 5 easy ways to keep your ticker beating like usual!

•Be physically active! Whether it’s running, jumping, playing your favorite sport or just taking a walk around the neighborhood, any type of exercise will decrease your chance of obesity and heart-related diseases. Plus, it will put you in a better mood! Try to get about 60 minutes of exercise every day.

•Don’t smoke! Smoking not only puts you at a higher chance of lung cancer and other diseases, but it also raises your chances of getting heart disease.

•Eat a healthy diet! Not only will this help keep your blood sugar in check, it will also help keep you at a normal weight, which is much better for your heart. Be on the lookout for foods filled with soluble fiber, like oatmeal and apples, and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids like grilled salmon. This will help keep your cholesterol down and decrease your chance of having a heart attack later in life. Try to stay away from salty foods and foods high in saturated fat.

•Take a deep breath! Too much stress can make your heart work way too hard. Make sure to stretch and have a good laugh- two things that can help promote good cholesterol and reduce inflammation in your body.

•Schedule check-ups with your pediatrician so that they can keep an eye on your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers. If you have a family history of heart disease, ask your doctor if there are additional precautions you should be taking.


By keeping your heart healthy, you can decrease your chance for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, strokes and even some types of cancer. So incorporate these tips into your everyday life to ensure that you live longer and healthier!

 

For more tips and meal ideas, visit the following websites:

–> https://letsmove.obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/

–> https://www.choosemyplate.gov/