Four Ways to Improve your Heart Health

Although candy hearts are in season this time of year in anticipation of Valentine's Day, it's important not to neglect your own heart health. Benefits.gov wants to remind everyone, young and old, to take care of your heart health. We've provided some tips to help you along the way.
 

  1. Watch what you eat.
    Eating healthy foods and managing your diet are important for heart health. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet can decrease your risk for obesity, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests an overall healthy diet that emphasizes nutritional basics including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, skinless poultry and fish, and more. Stay away from fatty foods, sweets and sugary beverages, excessive calories, and oily foods. Learn more about the AHA's dietary recommendations on their website.
     
  2. Keep stress levels down.
    We know stress is unavoidable sometimes, but it is important for your heart to keep your stress levels down. High stress can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other serious medical conditions. Learn how to better handle your stress at home and at work by following some of these tips to fight stress.
     
  3. Become more active.
    Start by adding more physical activity into your day. To improve your overall heart health, the AHA suggests at least 150 minutes per week of exercise, or 20 minutes per day. If you are disabled or have physical limitations, consult your doctor about ways to engage in more physical activity.
     
  4. Learn more about your heart health.
    Knowledge is power, and the more you learn about your health, the better equipped you will be to decrease your risk for heart-related medical conditions. The American Heart Association has an abundance of resources for healthy dieting, exercise, workplace health, and more. Be sure to consult your doctor for more information.
     

We encourage you to take control of your physical and mental health by incorporating some of these practices into your lifestyle. Be an example and empower your friends and family to do the same.

You can visit Benefits.gov for additional information on over 1,200 government benefit and assistance programs, including some focusing on healthcare, food/nutrition, and more. Complete our Benefit Finder to discover what benefits you may be eligible for and check out our homepage for more resources.

 

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