The American Heart Association encourages everyone to make little changes every day that will add up to big improvements in overall health. Number 1 is to Get Active. The goal is to get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or a combination of both. Number 2 is to Eat Better. Try to limit sugary foods and drinks, processed foods and salt. Eat a colorful diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat products, poultry, fish and nuts. Number 3 is to Lose Weight. A healthy weight is important for good health. Number 4 is Control Cholesterol. It is important to know cholesterol levels and ways to decrease as high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Number 5 is Manage Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is also a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When was the last time that you had your blood pressure taken? The ideal pressure is below 120/80. Number 6 is Reduce Blood Sugar. Blood glucose is an important fuel for the body but too much sugar may contribute to chronic diseases. Number 7 is Stop Smoking. Smoking damages the circulatory system and increases the risk of multiple diseases.
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