Waist not, want not
Excess weight increases the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, factors that escalate the chances of developing heart disease. One way to control calories, which will help manage weight, is to choose “low energy-dense1” foods.
Don’t be a salty dog
Diets high in sodium are linked to an increased risk for high blood pressure, a major risk factor in heart disease. Limit daily sodium intake to no more than one teaspoon of salt.
A varied diet filled with minimally-processed foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and fish is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and omega-3s, which help keep the heart healthy. Think produce
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits is key for a healthy heart. Find simple and tasty ways to include at least two servings in each meal and at least one serving at snack time.
Balance a healthy diet with daily physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator; wear a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps per day.
– Courtesy of Family Features