February is national Heart Month!
Here are seven tips for better Heart Health from the CDC:
1. Learn Your Health History
Certain health conditions, your lifestyle, and your family history can raise your risk for high cholesterol. You can’t control some of these risk factors, such as your age or your family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk for high cholesterol by changing things you can control.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
Make healthy food choices like more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Eat less salt, saturated fat, and added sugar.
3. Move More, Sit Less
Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week.
4. Quit Smoking
Start your quit plan today! Take the first step and call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for FREE support.
5. Take Medicines as Directed
If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something. Never stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
6. Choose Your Drinks Wisely
Substitute water for sugary drinks to reduce calories. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation by limiting consumption to no more than 1 drink a day for women (2 for men) on days that alcohol is consumed.
7. Monitor Your Blood Pressure at Home
Self-measured blood pressure monitors are easy and safe to use, and your doctor can show you how to use one if you need help.
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