Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.
To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York is proudly participating in American Heart Month for February. According to the New York State Department of Health, almost 78,000 people have heart disease in the Finger Lakes region.
FLESNY promotes healthy eating and active living to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Try the following heart healthy changes to eat healthier and keep physically active.
Make half your plate vegetables and fruit, and make half or more of your grains whole grains. Choose low-fat dairy products and lean meats. Reduce your consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and added sugars. Reduce the amount of salt you add to food or choose sodium-free food products.
Be moderately active for 30 minutes per day for most days of the week. Children benefit from being engaged in active play one hour each day. Stay at a healthy weight by balancing the amount of calories you consume with the amount of calories you expend in physical activity. Discuss with your doctor other lifestyle factors you can control to minimize your risk of heart disease.
For more information about healthy eating and active living in the Finger Lakes, visit fingerlakeseatsmartnewyork.org or bit.ly/2kx4DF4.