SPOTLIGHT ON: Heart Health Did You Know?

Your heart works nonstop for your whole life – show it some TLC! Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference to your cardiac health.

•Aim for lucky #7. The latest research in cardiac care indicates that 7 hours of regenerating sleep can have a positive impact on your heart.

•Keep the pressure under control. Get your blood pressure checked every year if you’re 40 or older. Cut back on salt, limit alcohol to no more than one to two drinks a day, favor healthy eating habits and manage your stress.

•Move more. Aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. That includes any activity that gets you moving around and breaking a slight sweat.
•Clean up. Your heart works best when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods.