Heart Health Month
By Shelby Gibson | HealthCorps Coordinator 2017- 2019
The month of February is American Heart Month. Heart health is important; over the course of an average lifespan a heart will beat over 2.5 billion times. The Center of Disease Control recommends 4 ways you can take care of your heart.
- Make Heart-Healthy Food Choices
- Try to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption and reduce your intake of foods high in fat, sodium and sugar.
- Stay Physically Active
- You should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.
- Don’t Smoke
- Smoking leads to damage on the lining of your arteries, which will lead to fat build up and narrowing of the arteries.
- Manage Existing Medical Conditions
- If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure you work with your medical provider to help you manage them.
The American Heart Association website has some tasty heart healthy recipes that you can try out. One of their recipes that I enjoy is their Quick Chicken Chili. This recipe is perfect for cold winter days. This chili is very low in sodium compared to a store bought chili, but it’s so delicious you won’t miss it. Red, pink and purple decorations are found all around this time of year, so why not try to incorporate them into your diet? Red fruits and vegetables like cherries, tomatoes and red bell peppers are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, magnesium and fiber. Purple fruits and vegetables like grapes, blackberries and eggplants are packed with antioxidants, which help protect blood vessels and keeps collagen intact. Purple and red vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet and healthy heart. Remember to show your heart some love this month, try incorporating some of these things into your routine and see the difference it makes!