It's simple to maintain a healthy heart. Stay on the right track with these quick-hit healthy-heart tips. Be sure to come back often, we are starting you with five, but we'll be posting more through the summer.
Heart Tip 1
Choosing healthy meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Heart Tip 2
Eating foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high blood cholesterol. Limiting salt or sodium in your diet can also lower your blood pressure.
Heart Tip 3
Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends that adults should engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club can make physical activity fun for the whole family!
Heart Tip 4
Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. So, if you don't smoke, don't start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.
Heart Tip 5
If you have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels. Talk with your health care provider about treatment options. Sparrow's Healthy Balance is another free resource to assist adult diabetics manage their disease.