American Heart Month


February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Being physically inactive and overweight can factor into the risk of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can increase the risk as well. Below are tips to care for your heart:

  • Use small plates to control portion size. Chew your food slowly.
  • Steam or bake food instead of frying it. 
  • Flavor food with spices instead of salt.
  • Try healthy snacks like unsalted nuts or low-fat yogurt.
  • Try to get at least 2 and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. 

Learn more about improving your heart health here: Put Your Heart Into Getting Active and Eating Healthy PDF

Spanish link:Ponga su corazón en ser activo y comer saludable PDF


Written by: Priya Samuel, EFNEP student volunteer

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