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Tips for Avoiding February Heartache

Valentine’s Day already has many of us thinking of our hearts this month, but did you know February is also American Heart Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but there’s a lot you can do to prevent it. So give your Valentine (and yourself) the best gift of all by committing to good self-care habits!

  • Food: Incorporate more fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy into your diet.
  • Movement: Get 30 minutes of movement every day—it’s OK to start small if you’re out of practice!
  • Sleep: Commit to a sleep schedule, aiming for 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night.
  • Stress: Manage stress by taking time for yourself to read, take a hot bath, catch up with friends, participate in a hobby, or whatever rejuvenates you.
  • Substances: Avoid or moderate your intake of intoxicating substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
  • Screenings: If you haven’t already had your annual wellness exam, get it on the calendar today! Early detection and treatment are key to managing any chronic health condition, heart disease included.

If you enjoy multitasking, you’ll be happy to know that February is also National Cancer Prevention Month. Fortunately, the same good self-care habits that help prevent heart disease also help prevent cancer!

Remember: Heart disease and cancer are the two leading causes of death in the United States. But building good self-care habits today can help keep you healthy for years to come. Check out the Top Health/Personal Best newsletter if you need some inspiration!


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