Posts Tagged With: heart health

Protect Your Heart <3!

heartNot only does the month of February celebrate and promote the importance of heart health, but it also celebrates Valentine’s Day, a time when people focus on love, relationships and expression.  The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) encourages everyone to take the time to focus on identifying the  symptoms of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure.  In addition, it is important to  learn how to incorporate healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, all of which can keep the heart healthy and strong.  The goal of AHA is to reduce the occurrences of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and provide people with resources and tools for optimal heart nutrition.  Food and drinks that are processed, full of sugar and fat can increase the risk of developing heart problems as well as cause weight gain. 

Keeping your heart healthy requires eating foods such as salmon, almonds, spinach, kale, walnuts and fruits, just to name a few, all of which promote heart health.  Weight maintenance, a diet void of saturated fats and processed foods, regular exercise and stress management are all allies for building a healthier heart.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are bombarded with images of chocolate, candy, cakes and other desserts full of sugar and fat.  Not to worry!  With an increase in awareness on health, wellness and fitness, there are an abundance of recipes, activities and desserts that can still allow you to enjoy a sweet treat while  protecting your heart and saving you from all the unnecessary fat and calories.  Click here to get an array of heart healthy dessert recipes to surprise your sweetheart with!  For Valentine’s Day inspiration click here!

Here’s to your heart health!

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Celebrate Heart Healthy Month

4521706323_b582c71c12_qThe month of February celebrates and promotes the importance of heart health.  The American Heart Association (www.heart.org) encourages everyone to use this month to focus on recognizing symptoms of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, as well as learn ways to incorporate healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, all of which can keep the heart healthy and strong.  The goal of AHA is to reduce the occurrences of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and provide people with resources and tools for optimal heart nutrition.  Food and drinks that are processed, full of sugar and fat can increase the risk of developing heart problems as well as cause weight gain.  Want to see how well you know the risks of heart disease and stroke?  Then click here to take an online quiz to test your knowledge.

Keeping your heart healthy requires eating foods such as salmon, almonds, spinach and oranges, just to name a few, all of which promote heart health.  For a complete list of “superfoods”, please click here to learn more how each of these can help cardiovascular strength.  Weight maintenance, a diet void of saturated fats and processed foods, regular exercise and stress management are all allies for building a healthier heart.  More information and tips can be found here.

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Low-fat Recipes that Promote a Healthy Heart

Looking for delicious, flavorful recipes that also help improve heart health, lower cholesterol and blood pressure?  Then click here to read more about how these meals have added benefits to the body!  You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to eat healthy.  Happy cooking!

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