Thursday, February 01, 2007

I Heart You

February is a month of romance and love. But, did you know that it’s also National Heart Month? Since 1963, February has been designated as the month to raise public awareness about the risks of heart disease. In honor of this very special month, has offered some tips to help you reduce your risk for heart disease:
  1. Limit your intake of fat
  2. Choose heart-healthy fats over saturated fats and trans fats
  3. Limit your intake of sugars
  4. Limit your intake of sodium/salt
  5. Choose more whole grains, legumes, fresh produce and low fat dairy products
  6. Choose lean meat and poultry
  7. Include fish in your diet
  8. Exercise portion control
  9. Become physically active for 30 to 60 minutes a day
  10. Stop smoking
  11. Limit your intake of alcohol

One thing you can do to ensure your heart stays healthy is to consume polyunsaturated fats, such as those found in soft margarine. These good fats have been found to reduce cholesterol levels, which reduces your risk for heart disease. Soft margarine is also loaded with beneficial vitamins that can help improve your health.

As I’ve told you time and time again, heart disease is the number killer among both men and women. It doesn’t have to be that way folks. By watching what you eat and taking a few simple precautions, you can help reduce the prevalence of heart disease and make your life long-lasting and fulfilled.

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