Are you aware February is National American Heart Month?

Cardiovascular disease has been an ongoing fight in America for many years, so much that Congress, by joint resolution, approved and amended the request that the President issue an annual proclamation designating February as “American Heart Month” on December 30th, 1963.  Each year the president puts out a proclamation to continue raising awareness for this terrible disease that is the number one killer of American men and women, meaning that cardiovascular disease is the cause behind one out of every four deaths in the United States.

To read the Presidential Proclamation for February 2014, please see below link:

So how do we reduce our risk of Cardiovascular Disease?  Overall health is the number one factor.  Eating healthy by incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains while passing on the deep-fried fast foods, bakery products and packaged snack items is a start.  Limit saturated fat which can raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart disease – that is found in beef, butter, cheese and milk.  Exercising regularly can reduce your chances of developing fatal heart disease as well.  Aim for at least 30-60 minutes of activity most days of the week.  Watching your weight is also very important as being obese increases your risk for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, all can raise the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.  Lifestyle habits like smoking and drinking too much also can contribute to increasing blood pressure and added strain on the heart.  Reducing stress in your life can help in many ways, and regular health screenings are very important in staying ahead of this threatening disease.  Adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years and cholesterol about every five years.  High blood pressure and elevated cholesterol do not cause symptoms, but they can damage your heart and blood vessels.

You can reduce the risk of developing heart disease by more than 80 percent by living heart healthy.  It’s never too late to adopt sensible health habits.  Eating right, exercising, and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits and weight will help protect your heart.

Check out some of our heart healthy recipes with Apples and Pears:

Posted February 07, 2014

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