Maggie Cares: American Heart Month

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It’s February and love is in the air. Many stores are already full of chocolates and sweet Valentine’s Day cards. Personally, I can’t wait to get my paws on all the extra treats that will be in my bowl when Valentine’s Day arrives.

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Though Valentine’s Day may attract a lot of our attention, it is also important to remember that it is American Heart Month too. As the federal declaration notes, “cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the number one killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability.”

2This newfound knowledge almost made my heart skip a beat! I dug up three healthy living tips from the American Heart Association that will help you keep your heart as healthy as possible:

  1. Maintain a Healthy Diet
    A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons in the fight against heart disease. Make smart choices that benefit your heart and your overall health. My Mom and Dad make sure I eat only the things that are good for me!
  2. Get Active
    Whatever your current fitness level, you can take steps to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.  In fact, walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running! I love the walks I take every day. The fresh air and cool breeze do my heart good!
  3. Decrease Your Stress Levels
    Taking steps to manage stress has a double benefit. The actions you take will help you feel less stressed right away and more in control of your life, giving you a greater sense of well-being.  Chasing a ball might do the trick!  However, I would never stoop to chewing shoes…

1Keeping a healthy heart is as easy as 1-2-3. What a great way to show ourselves some love. We can all celebrate American Heart Month by educating ourselves and making life changes to support a healthy heart.

Gotta go – it’s time for my heart-healthy walk. Wish I didn’t have to wear a leash!

XO,

Maggie