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Physical Activity and Good Nutrition
Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer of all Americans and strokes are the number four killer and leading disabler of Americans. But you can cut your risk significantly by leading a heart-healthy lifestyle. Seeking information about physical fitness and nutrition is the first step towards healthier living. Regular exercise and healthy food choices are important to managing your heart health, stress and depression, increasing energy, preventing disease, and improving heart disease risk factors.

Get the Most Out of Your Exercise

Your weekly exercise program should include two main forms of activity:

The American Heart Association recommends a healthy level of physical activity for adults ages 18 to 65 years old should be at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. However, if you have been inactive for several years, suffer from a chronic or physical condition, and are 65 years or older, you should consult with your physician for medical clearance before beginning any form of exercise. Your doctor may recommend or limit certain exercises based upon your health.

Obesity

Obesity is a major concern for all Americans. Those that are obese have a much higher risk of developing heart disease, even if they do not have other risk factors.

Tips for a Healthy Diet

Healthy eating and exercise can help reduce your risk of major health problems. Besides improving health, a nutritious diet can also enrich your quality of life.

Making healthy choices does not mean you have to change the food you love. You can change the way you prepare your meals in various ways to help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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