Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Americans. What many people do not know is that most of the conditions related to heart disease are preventable. Here are a few ways you can boost the health of your heart this month and beyond.

  • Make healthier eating choices, especially on Valentine’s Day. If you were planning to buy your sweetie a box of chocolates, consider a fruit arrangement instead; opt for cooking a heart healthy recipe at home rather than splurging on a high calorie restaurant meal; or incorporate activity with your loved one—spending time doing an activity together can not only help jump start your journey to heart health, it can also create memories that will last a lifetime.  
  • Increase your physical activity. Your New Years’ Resolution may have been in high gear in January, but now is the time to make sure you’re sticking with your healthy goals for 2016. Small adjustments can pay off in a big way: park at the back of the parking lot to get extra steps in, opt for the stairs instead of the elevator or ask a friend to meet for a walk rather than dinner or drinks. You’ll be surprised how this increase in activity will affect your mood and energy level—and it’s great for your heart too!
  • Talk about it! Simply starting a conversation to get your loved ones thinking about their approach to heart health is the first step. Show your family and friends you support their journey to better heart health. It’s easier to make healthy changes knowing the people around you are as well.
American Heart Health Month
By Blair Klayko