February is American Heart Awareness Month

The CDC states that Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. (all genders, ages and backgrounds included).  Over 600,000 heart related deaths occur in the U.S. annually (that is 1 in every 4 deaths).  The good news, however, is there are some simple ways to reduce and/or eliminate your chances of having heart disease simply by eating a few heart healthy foods and getting 3 – 5 days of heart healthy exercise each week.

You don’t need to be a hardcore athlete to boost your heart health – moderate exercise can significantly reduce your risk.  Here are the “top 5” heart beneficial exercises:                   Brisk Walk; Running; Swimming; Cycling; Interval/Circuit Training

Also, want to fuel your body and jumpstart the heart, try adding some (or all) of these into your daily diet:  Oatmeal; Salmon; Avocado; Olive Oil; Walnuts (almonds/macadamias); Berries (blue, black, raspberry, strawberries); Legumes (black/kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils); Spinach; Soy (edamame & tofu)

Simple little changes can go a long way so get moving and eat up for a healthy heart and healthy you!

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