Research shows heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

This month the Healthy Living Committee celebrates Heart Health Month to help raise awareness about heart disease and how you can prevent it.

We have heard it time and time again but  this habit is one of the leading controllable risk factors for heart disease.

Put your hands to work and your mind will be at ease. Engaging in activities like knitting, sewing, and crocheting helps relieve stress and does your heart a world of good. Adult coloring books are in right now, stop by your local store and pick up a few adult coloring books and unwind. For the less creative lot who don’t do needles, a jigsaw puzzle works wonders.

A delicious salsa rich in antioxidants is a great snacking choice when paired with low-fat chips or fresh veggies. When you mix in a can of rinsed and drained black beans, you get a two-for-one special: adding soluble fiber into your diet helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. Add lime juice and a chopped jalapeno for an extra kick that will jumpstart your metabolism.

Whether it’s a symphony or a pop song that gets your body moving, dancing raises your heart rate, burns some calories (between 150-300 calories an hour), and makes for a great heart-healthy workout.

Not in an email or on social media, but really: laugh out loud. It’s good for your heart. Laughter helps relieve the stress that damages the endothelium, the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels and helps your blood flow. It also promotes the healthy function of blood vessels.

Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts deliver a powerful punch for lowering your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. Substituting foods high in saturated fats with nuts can also help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.

In addition to your group fitness classes and regular workouts at the Y, plan an evening out roller skating or bowling.

Good dental hygiene does more than keep your teeth glistening. It may affect your overall health. Research suggests that several types of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, may be connected to oral health

  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Raspberries
  • Fat free milk and yogurt
  • Chickpeas
  • Oatmeal
  • Olive Oil
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Avocados
  • Unsalted Almond Butter
  • Red Grapes