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Heart health took center stage when Lyndon B. Johnson issued Proclamation 3566 in December,1963. He declared February as American Heart Month and Congress passed a joint resolution requesting presidents each year to follow suit. In that era, more than half of deaths in the United States resulted from heart-related conditions.

In the 2017 proclamation, President Donald Trump stated “The death rate from heart disease in the United States has fallen dramatically since the 1960s . . . [yet] heart disease remains a leading cause of death. . . . During American Heart Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to heart disease and resolve to improve its prevention, detection and treatment.”

 Globally, more than 17 million deaths occur annually from heart related conditions with projected increases in future years. What is more appropriate than to think about healthy hearts on Valentine’s Day? As a day of love, it’s befitting to encourage those we love to eat healthy and to express our love to family and friends by practicing a healthy-heart lifestyle.                                     

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 If you plan to treat those you love with any type of food this Valentine’s Day, make it healthy. Increase the availability of fruits and vegetables, avoid offers of high-sugar, high-salt foods, and provide meats low in fat, especially saturated fats.

As we commemorate a day for hearts, remember to protect yours. Helping yourself and others choose healthy-heart foods can reduce the number of people likely to meet untimely deaths due to cardiovascular disease. It’s the way to honor a national treasure―you and those you love. Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Now that we’ve enjoyed too much chocolate candy for Valentine’s, wStethoscope Heart Clip Art hat next? February shares the heart of romance with another important event―the human heart. This is American Heart Month. One in four will die from heart disease. It remains the number one cause of death for both men and women with African-Americans the most susceptible. Many of these fatalities can be avoided by choosing a healthier lifestyle, including what we eat.

Small changes in diet make a difference by keeping the circulatory system healthier. These major changes may help keep you alive and well.

  • Decrease saturated fats and trans fats: Fats in whole milk, butter, sour cream, and similar products plus skin of chicken or turkey increase risks for blood clots. For better health, switch to unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are abundant in salmon, mackerel, trout, walnuts, soybean products, corn oil, sunflower oil and some seeds. Unsaturated oils can help off-set heart problems by lowering coronary heart disease and stroke.
  • Decrease salt intake: The Institute of Medicine recommends no more than 2400 milligrams of sodium each day. Table salt is about 40 percent sodium. Excess intake can increase fluid retention and is a major factor in hypertension (high blood pressure). Foods exceptionally high in salt/sodium include processed foods, luncheon meats, canned and instant soups, pickled products, salted nuts and snacks, and most fast foods. Common words to look for on labels include sodium bicarbonate, sodium caseinate, sodium citrate, sodium saccharin, sodium phosphate, sodium glutamate (MSG) and others.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases risks for heart disease. Reducing weight a few pounds can make a big difference.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables: These foods have limited or no sodium or fat.

In addition to healthy foods, remember other lifestyle practices can make a difference. Aim toward at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least three times per week. Nix all tobacco products. Take care of your heart. It’s the only one you have.



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Ah, Valentine’s Day—a time to shower those we love with flowers, chocolates, or diamonds and maybe menVALENTINEd a sick heart.

Are you heart-sick? I don’t mean the tear-jerking roller coaster of shattered romance or an emotional pitter-patter, but the thump, thump, thump of the body organ inside your chest that keeps you alive.

February is American Heart Month. Will you strive to prevent heart disease or make efforts to improve problems that already exist?

Most people know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news is that heart disease or your sick heart is preventable or controllable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends nine steps to help.

  1.  Eat a healthy diet. This means to:
    • Choose at least five serving of fruits and vegetables each day for adequate nutrients
    • Eat foods high in fiber to help control blood cholesterol levels
    • Limit red meats and fatty foods to improve blood cholesterol numbers
    • Reduce salt and sodium intake for better blood pressure control
  2.  Stay a healthy weight. Excessive weight increases your risk for heart disease.
  3.  Exercise regularly. As little as 30 minutes per day on most days of the week helps sustain a healthy weight and lowers cholesterol and blood pressure.
  4. Monitor your blood pressure. Maintain a resting blood pressure of 120/80 mm Hg or less for optimal heart health.
  5. Don’t smoke.
  6. Limit alcohol use.
  7. Check cholesterol levels. Have cholesterol screened at least every five years and more often if problems exist.
  8. Manage your diabetes.
  9. Take your medicine.

Don’t be heart sick. Treat yourself and the ones you love with the gift of life by following and helping them to follow these guidelines. This month and every month, improve your heart-health so you will live to enjoy Valentine’s Day for many years to come.

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We often give a special gift on Valentine’s Day to those we love. Many send flowers to commemorate this special occasion. Heart-shaped boxes of decadent candies will woo the love of your life. These gifts will last a brief time. To really show love to that special someone, keep your heart healthy.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. We celebrate emotional feelings on one dayValentine’s, but dedicate the entire month to the body organ that sustains our life—our heart.

The following, adapted from a list by the University of Nebraska Extension, are ways to have a healthier heart.
 Reduce Your Risk. Conditions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity increase risks for heart attacks and heart disease. Take measures to control any of these challenges that are a part of your life.
 Learn Warning Signs. Although chest pain is a common symptom for men and women, other indications of heart attack or disease differ between men and women.
 Improve Nutrition. Making healthier food choices may extend the length and quality of your life.
 Move Your Body. Inactivity harms health. Find ways to increase activity. Regular exercise is best, but even small changes can make a huge difference.

Show your love to that special someone by looking at lifestyle changes to make you healthier. Start today. It’s the best gift you can give.

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