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Safety Focus of Week February 18 - Wellness Guidelines for American Heart Month< Back to Blog

Feb 18, 2019
By: K. McCarley
Categories: Safety

WELLNESS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICAN HEART MONTH

I recently ran across a few articles on heart health because February is American Heart Month.  I’d encourage you to take a few minutes to think about the American Heart Association's Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations: https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/aha-diet-and-lifestyle-recommendations?fbclid=IwAR1TgTRGts8QL-x7Mhgb4UH5sdnBkDED5FNXsJDzZY8zupT5OkJk9b8IErg

  • Use up at least as many calories as you take in

    • Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity (or an equal combination of both) each week

    • Track our calorie and nutrient intake to know where to build or trim your diet.  There are several free apps that make this easy.

  • Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups

    • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store to avoid processed foods

  • Eat less of the nutrient-poor foods

  • Avoid foods high in sugar or fat with lower nutritional value (e.g. soft drinks, chips and fried foods)

  • Eat healthy snacks, such as vegetables, fruits and nuts

  • Live tobacco free

  • Find physical activities that you enjoy!

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