February is American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with one in every three deaths from heart disease and stroke. More women die each year from heart disease than all types of cancer combined. Heart disease, however, is preventable and controllable.
Eating a heart healthy diet comprised of fresh fruit and vegetables and that is low in salt and trans fat, being physically active, getting adequate sleep and not smoking are great ways to become heart healthy. It is is as easy as walking 30 to 60 minutes every day.
It is important to be mindful of the types of fat you consume. Saturated and trans fats will raise your LDL or “bad” cholesterol and lower HDL or “good” cholesterol. Focus on eating heart healthy mono- and poly- unsaturated fats like, nuts, seeds, avocado and olive oil, but be aware that all fats should be consumed in moderation.
Take action today to become more heart healthy. Work with our registered dietitians to learn how to reduce your weight and decrease your cholesterol and blood pressure through a health-promoting diet and regular physical activity.
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