They say that love is first and foremost felt in the heart. Yet, as we celebrate love, we often ignore the heart. Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in America will have a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Winter months are particularly brutal — falling temperatures can increase risks, especially for people over 65.
We can reduce our risk by dressing warmly and doing light physical activity to warm up before anything more strenuous. We can also eat more healthfully.
Unhealthy food habits are problematic for all Americans. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the typical American diet is too high in calories, saturated fat, sodium and added sugars, while lacking adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium and fiber. This eating pattern contributes to high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels — all related to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
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