The heart is a muscle that helps pump blood throughout our body. Without your heart, your cells and organs would not be able to get the oxygen and nutrients from the blood. Oxygen and nutrients keep our body working and working well. Don’t miss a beat! Check out our favorite tips to keep your heart healthy and strong!
Move Your Body
- Aim to get 30 minutes of movement every day. This can be walking, dancing, running, swimming, or any other movement you enjoy.
- Move your body more! Extra movement throughout the day adds up to keeps your muscles working. Try to:
- Step in place or dance during the ad break.
- Pause between episodes and walk around for two to five minutes.
- Calling a friend and walk around your neighborhood or home-our personal favorite!
Try New Foods
- Swap it Out! All foods are good in moderation. Eating more vegetables and fruits, and less fried or heavily processed foods, is better for our health. Some easy swaps to try new things and get different nutrients are:
- To keep hydrated, enjoy flavored water, instead of soda or juice.
- For a healthy dose of fiber, try whole grain bread instead of white bread.
- Try this easy recipe for roasted chickpeas, instead of potato chips. Chickpeas are full of fiber, protein, and deliciousness.
- Click here for more heart healthy recipes or reach out to our diabetes nutrition and education coordinator for more ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t Miss a Beat
- Get Your Yearly Check-Up! Prevention is the best medicine. Going to your yearly physical helps you find any issues early. This will help protect you and your health in the long-run.
- Don’t Smoke! If you don’t smoke tobacco, don’t start! If you are ready to quit call the National Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669). The National Tobacco Quit Line offers free and confidential services to help you quit.
- Show Love! Showing love may help us decrease our stress, which is great for the heart. Try:
- Volunteering in your local community.
- Donating to your favorite organization.
- Calling a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while.