Wellness: Give Your Heart Some LoveFebruary 2014
You may know February for the month to treat your sweetheart, but don't forget it's also American Heart Month, so give your own heart some extra love.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. But the good news is many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable. While age, gender and family history cannot be controlled, you can prevent and control high cholesterol, high blood pressure, excess weight and obesity with lifestyle changes, medications and healthful eating.
Healthy food choices and an active lifestyle can have a big impact on your heart's health. Just a few steps and you can be on your way to a healthier heart:
Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at high risk for heart disease. If you need help with your healthful eating, consult a registered dietitian who can build a nutrition plan that fits your lifestyle and needs. For more tips on a heart-healthy diet and information on reducing your risk for heart disease, visit www.eatright.org/hearthealth.