February is Heart Month

Be Heart Smart

February is American Heart Month. However, Prisma Health encourages you to love your heart throughout the year with seven (7) simple steps toward heart disease prevention:

  1. Healthy food in heart and cholesterol diet concept on vintage boardsEat right: Make vegetables and fruits, whole grains and fish mealtime staples. Limit sodium, saturated fat and added sugar.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight: Target a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25.
  3. Get moving: Log 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, like brisk walking, each week.
  4. Stop smoking: If you smoke, quit.
  5. Control your cholesterol: Strive for a total cholesterol of less than 200 mg/dL.
  6. Manage blood pressure: Keep your numbers below 120/80 mm Hg.
  7. Reduce blood sugar: Aim for a fasting blood glucose less than 100 mg/dL.

(Source: American Heart Association)

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