Heart Health

Show Your Heart Some Love

According to the American Heart Association Website, Heart disease is the #1 cause of death among women 20 years and older, killing about one woman every minute.

Its February so our thoughts turn to matters of the heart, but how well are you taking care of your heart?    What can you do to love your heart today?  As women we need to be paying attention to our heart!

Quit Smoking

Smoking increases risks for heart disease and stroke.

Heart Healthy Nutrition

Eat more fruits and vegetables (4.5 cups per day)

Decrease sodium (less than 1,500mg per day)

Decrease saturated fat in the diet (less than 7% of calories)

Eat unsaturated fat

Increase fiber

Heart Healthy Exercise

Walk, job, bike, swim, whatever you like, but get your heart pumping for at least 30 minutes every day!  Too busy to do 30 minutes all at once?  Split your workout into 10-15 minute segments!

Find healthy ways to deal with stress

Exercise

Journal

Deep Breathing

Meditate

Sleep

Knit

For more ideas on heart health visit the American Heart Association and their campaign Go Red for Women.

How well are you taking care of your heart?

Live Well,

Laura