María González, Department of Public Health
María is the Community Health Education Manager for the Department
February is American Heart Month and here at DPH a group of us celebrated by wearing red to raise awareness. That’s because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. But the good news is that even small changes in diet and lifestyle can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your overall quality of life. Here’s how:
Get moving: physical activity makes your heart stronger. Halt the salt: compare labels and choose less sodium in the foods you and your family eat. Eat lean and green: Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins (fish, chicken, turkey) and low-fat dairy, and limit the red meat and butter. Quit smoking. Get your blood pressure checked and follow your doctor’s treatment plan if you have high blood pressure. Drink in moderation. Alcohol can raise your risk for high blood pressure. Women should have no more than one drink per day, and men should have no more than two drinks per day.
For more tips on eating better and moving more for a healthy heart, visit Mass in Motion.
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