Heart Health Wins
With support from the experts at the American Heart Association, we’re taking a look at simple ways you can shape a heart-healthy lifestyle. From staying active at every age to heart-healthy foods to look out for, these tips will help keep your heart in tip-top shape.
For a heart health win at any age—get up, get out and get active! Exercise is definitely worth making time for, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum shared that activities such as walking or riding a stationary bike will increase your heart rate and help build a stronger heart.
Prioritize Healthy Fats
People often mistakenly think that avoiding fats altogether will improve your health. Research shows that it’s just not true. In fact, diets containing unsaturated fats (the good kind) are associated with heart health. Aramark dietitian Amber Jay shares that foods like avocados, nuts and seeds are full of good fats and contain a host of vitamins and minerals. It’s a win-win!
Reach for Whole Grains
Here’s the scoop: A diet infused with whole grains can have a positive effect on heart health. Get started with smart swaps. If it’s taco night, pick up some whole wheat tortillas instead of white. In need of a quick snack? Pop up some popcorn (yes, it’s a whole grain!) Small changes can make a big impact.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.