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Make a Date With Your Heart

  • by christie
  • February 10, 2012

Be heart-healthy.

Make A Date With Your Heart! February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to be heart-healthy.

  • Prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Be active.
  • Eat healthy.

 

Be food-conscious.

Consider making a healthy meal for Valentine’s Day. Serve food lower in salt and fat content, provide more fruits and vegetables, and make less sugary sweets for an overall healthy Valentine’s Day.

Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. However, if you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg per day.

  • You are 40 years of age or older.
  • You are African American.
  • You have high blood pressure.

A new CDC report shows that two out of three (69%) adults in the United States fall into these three groups who are at especially high risk for health problems from too much sodium. Eating less sodium can help prevent, lower, or even control blood pressure.

Most of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed, store-bought and restaurants foods. Only about 5% comes from salt added during cooking and about 6% comes from being added at the table. You can find out how much sodium you are eating by checking the labels on food products and adding up the milligrams of sodium. If at a restaurant, ask for the nutritional information facts that include sodium.

 

Spread love, not germs.

Protect yourself from the cold and flu.

  • Wash hands often.
  • Avoid close contact when you or someone you know is sick.
  • Get your flu vaccine.

Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancies.

  • Abstain from sex.
  • If you choose to have sex, use latex condoms which can lower the risk for STIs and unintended pregnancy.
  • Having a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner may help lower your risk.

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