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It’s National Heart Health Month!

Posted Feb 06 2010 10:25pm
Your diet is one of the most powerful influences on heart disease. 
Reducing the consumption of foods high in saturated and trans-fats, and eating more high-fiber vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains can significantly improve the health of your heart.

Did you know that on average, approximately 50 percent of the calories we consume are void of any nutritional value?

Look at the Nutrition Facts label on the foods you buy. The general rule of thumb is that foods providing 5 percent of the daily value (DV) of fat or less are low in fat, and foods labeled as providing 20 percent or more of the daily value are high in fat.

Obesity is also a major risk factor for heart disease.
Statistics show that 1 out of every 3 Americans is considered to be obese. Pay attention to serving size and portion size. Your stomach is about the size of two fists. Eating more than this is too much.

Finding time for weekly exercise is also very important to heart health.
People who are sedentary are almost twice as likely to suffer heart attacks and adults can gain up to 2 hours of life expectancy for each hour of moderate physical activity.
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