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Published on February 21, 2017

Heart healthy diet

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Heart healthy foodsWhen it comes to maintaining a healthy heart, there are a few simple diet and exercise tips you can follow. You do not have to become a nutrition fanatic or workout obsessed, but by making small significant lifestyle changes, you can keep your heart healthy.

“To prevent heart disease, the foods you eat should be low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium,” said Danielle Halewijn, clinical nutrition manager at PIH Health. “And be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish (preferably oily fish at least twice per week), nuts, legumes and seeds.”

Additionally, Danielle advises to cut down meat intake and try eating meals without meat. If you must have meat in your meal, select the leanest cuts available.

For physical activity, the American Heart Association recommends two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (think brisk walking, for example) every week. Or, if you’re healthy and able, do one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (like a brisk jog or run) per week. Additionally, at least two days a week, perform muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

To avoid injuries or physical complications, be sure to check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program. By making some healthy, consistent choices, you can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you’re interested in finding a cardiologist or primary care physician, visit PIHHealth.org/Find-A-Doctor.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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