February is Heart Health Month. We use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can make lifestyle changes to decrease their chance of getting heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
To take control of your heart health and reduce your risk of heart disease, here are three things you can do right now.
Make healthy eating a habit. Small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference. Try making healthier versions of your favorite recipes. How? Look for ways to lower sodium and saturated fats, and add more fruits and vegetables.
Find time to be active. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Kids need one hour of active play each day.
Nurture heart healthy eating habits with children. Let them serve themselves at meals. Teach them to take small amounts at first. Assure them they can get more if they’re still hungry, and don’t forgot to model healthy eating for your kids. If you eat your veggies, your kids will, too.
Visit fingerlakeseatsmartnewyork.org for more ideas on healthy eating and active living, healthy recipes and upcoming events. Look for Finger Lakes Eat Smart New York nutrition educators at food pantries and other community events near you.
Finger Lakes Eat Smart NY is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP provides nutrition assistance to people with low income. To find out more, go to mybenefits.ny.gov or contact (800) 342-3009.