National Heart Awareness Month

February is National Heart Awareness Month, and as young people I know we probably don’t think about our heart health too much. Our nation’s number one killer is heart disease, so it is important that we make our heart a priority! Making some slight lifestyle changes is an easy way to keep your heart in shape.

  1. Go to the doctor regularly.
    1. Have your blood pressure checked often.
  2. Get fit!
    1. Exercise often – for at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be super intense, and it is easier to commit to this when you are doing something you enjoy like gardening or dancing.
  3. Eat wisely
    1. Eat low-fat foods and lots of fruits and vegetables for your meals and snacks.
    2. Limit your alcohol consumption.
  4. Quit That Habit
    1. Smoking directly attacks your heart, so trying to decrease/quit how much you smoke will benefit you in the long run.
  5. Stress Less
    1. This tip might seem nearly impossible as a college student, but it is imperative. High stress can increase your blood pressure. Try to be more positive in stressful situations and relax more!

Here’s to being heart healthy!!!

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