Did you know February is American Heart Month? The heart does more physical work than any other muscle in the human body. However, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year. That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. It is critical for everyone to take extra care to his or her heart. To make sure your heart is strong and healthy, follow these simple tips! These minimal lifestyle changes could help lower your chances of cardiovascular disease.
- Pay attention to your portion sizes
- Prepare more meals at home
- Carefully read nutrition labels; look for foods with the lowest amounts of salt and added sugar
- Eat colorful fruits & vegetables daily
- Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Incorporate a Meatless Monday challenge
- Start walking, even if it’s just a few minutes every day
- Take the stairs if you can
- Drink plenty of water throughout your day
- Limit caffeine, especially before bed
- Add a few minutes of meditation per day into your schedule
- Make self-care a priority to help manage stress
About St. Augustine: For nearly 50 years, St. Augustine Health Ministries has provided services and programs to thousands of Clevelanders- the chronically ill, aging, disabled and those in need of hospice care. As a not-for-profit, faith-based organization, we rely on the support of our community friends and partners to help continue to bring these services to those in need.
For more information and additional tips, please visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/ .
All information and research has been credited to the American Heart Association.
Edited by: Alexandra Nalepka