Love Your Heart More in 2018

  • Posted on: February 22, 2018
Heart shaped plate of fruits and vegetables

A new year gives you a fresh start, and now is the perfect time to take charge of your heart health. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of great habits you can adopt to help your overall heart health:

  1. Incorporate more exercise into your daily life. Don’t worry, you don’t need to go to the gym every single day; as an alternative, make it a point to incorporate more ACTIVITY throughout your day. For example, instead of taking the elevator at the end of your workday, take the stairs instead; or, park your car at the opposite end of the building and get in those extra steps.
  2. Make sleep a priority. Sometimes it’s hard to get in extra sleep, but aim for 7-8 hours each night. Studies link lack of sleep to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Make those zzz’s count!
  3. Eat healthy foods. Yes, we know that chocolate cookie is tempting, but a diet high in fruits and veggies is GOOD for your heart. Fruits and veggies can also help prevent numerous heart issues in addition to heart disease, including Type 2 diabetes and stroke.
  4. Visit your doctor for a routine physical EVERY year. By visiting your doctor for regular preventative screenings, you can catch any medical conditions while they’re in the early stages. Discuss with your doctor which screenings he/she recommends for you.
  5. Reduce stress. Keep your mind at ease by exercising, eating well, and making time for your loved ones. By doing these three things, you can relieve any stress and this, in turn, will keep you healthy. Change is constant in your life and much of it is out of your control, but you can take charge of your health and eliminate any unnecessary stress.

There are also great tools available online to support heart health from the Million Hearts® website at

Remember, a healthy heart is a happy heart! You can ensure your heart stays healthy by taking care of yourself with continuous physical activity, eating well, fitting in more z’s, and reducing stress. Be sure to share these tips with your loved ones to get them on track to a healthier heart alongside you.