Project Director, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and NJPHK-Camden
The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States and about 790,000 people have heart attacks each year. Poor food choices including over processed foods that are high in sodium and sugar are causing serious health-related issues (stroke, health disease, diabetes, etc.) to start at an early age. Because February is American Heart Month, here are three simple ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and being heart smart:
Eat a healthy balanced diet– Make sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Processed foods (white bread, cookies) contain high amounts of saturated fats and sodium and increase your blood pressure. Learn to read the nutrition labels before you buy!
Make sleep a priority– According to a study by the American Heart Association, sleep deprivation can affect your cardiovascular health. A good night’s sleep (about 6-8 hours per night) can improve metabolism and alertness.
Get moving daily– Exercise is necessary for your heart’s health! Brisk walking, dancing, and riding your bike are great ways to get physical activity in daily.