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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Be Heart Smart - Part 3

A Few Ways to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are considered overweight, set small goals to help you achieve a more heart-healthy weight.  Losing just 10% of your body weight can reduce your risk.

Aim for 30-60 minutes of physical activity daily.  Physical activity isn't just formal exercise, it can include doing yard work, taking the stairs or parking your car further away.

Eat Right
Limit fat intake, especially saturated and trans fats, and increase the amount of fiber, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. 
Don’t Stress!
Stress can affect your cholesterol and blood pressure putting you at a greater risk for heart disease.  Adopt relaxation techniques to deal with stress in your everyday lives.  Chances are the hassles that are causing you to stress are not really worth developing heart disease!  

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