There are ways of preventing heart disease at any age, and it is never too late to start! February has Valentine’s Day, but it is also a time to be good to our heart in other ways.
Make Healthy Eating Chooses
In the everyday choices you make try to find items low in: saturated fats, trans fats and sodium. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish-at least twice per week), nuts, legumes (examples are: peas, beans, soybeans, lentils, and peanuts) and seeds. When doing dairy, try lower fat choices and poultry without the skin, and reduce red meat consumption to once a week or less.
Be sure to Participate in Physical Activity
You can slowly work up to at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity ( jogging, running) or a combination of both every week. Learn the American Heart Association's Guidelines for Physical Activity in Adults and in Kids (American Heart Association, 2017a).
Stacey Krout Minor, PhD(c), MSN, RN