Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
Secondhand smoke causes approximately 40,000 deaths from heart disease each year.
Reduce fat around your middle.
Excessive ‘visceral’ fat in the belly area increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Work at a desk?
Take breaks to move around.
Dance while doing housework, take the stairs.
Know your numbers.
Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides – are all important to know and monitor.
Eat almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts that deliver heart-healthy fats.
Don’t worry, be happy!
Laugh out loud, own a pet, maintain a positive outlook, and relax.
Exercise, exercise, exercise!
Aerobic and strength training both lead to heart health. Or try yoga!
Reduce your salt intake.
Hard? Switch to a salt substitute such as Mrs. Dash.
Eat your vegetables and fruit.
I know you’ve heard this over and over but…
Get enough zzzzz’s.
Sleep is important – at least seven hours a night.
Choose lean meats.
Fish, beans, and chicken are best. Love beef? Choose less than 15% fat and choice or select grades (vs. prime).