0130-Feature-American Heart Month-V2_BlogAccording to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number 1 killer of American men and women. While that statistic might sound a bit scary, there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk of any kind of cardiovascular disease. As defined by the association, cardiovascular disease includes heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.

Overall, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease can go a long way in protecting your heart and your health. Risk factors include obesity, inactivity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

This February, in celebration of American Heart Month, let’s focus on all the good we can do to prevent heart disease.

Eat a Healthy Diet
Choose to eat lots of real, whole foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Eat a variety of foods and you’ll ensure your body is getting all the vitamins and nutrients it needs.

Exercise Regularly
Be active! Both spending time at the gym and taking your pet for a walk count as exercise. Aim to move for 30 minutes each day and know that doing something is always better than doing nothing.

Don’t Smoke
Research has linked smoking to a number of health problems and diseases including cardiovascular disease. Give your heart a break and stop smoking or even better… don’t start!

Photo courtesy of American Heart Association