Did you know that heart disease claims the lives of every one in four Americans?
Yep. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
The good news is that one fourth of all heart disease deaths are preventable and you can take proactive steps towards a healthy heart.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) are striving to bring awareness by establishing February as American Heart Month. At Nalley Fresh, we see it as a great time to set up some good habits to keep all year long.
According to the CDC and AHA there are some practical steps you can take to ensure lasting heart health and reduce your risk for stroke or heart attack. Like: Quit smoking, get a checkup, know your family history, reduce stressors, and get active with your favorite aerobic exercise (swimming, walking, cycling, jogging) for about an hour and a half over the course of a week. And if you're super busy, you may also forego the elevator, park farther away, and take paths of a little more resistance! You can learn more at www.heart.org.
And of course, we can't stress enough how crucial it is to make healthy food choices. Nalley Fresh always makes this super easy.
Yep, it's a fact: Healthy food choices can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.We say choose foods low in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. Make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains, fish, nuts, legumes and seeds. And consider mixing in proteins that don't include meat, most notably, red meat. As far as dairy goes, choose lower fat. And yikes — limit sweets and sugary beverages!
We're also happy to announce that the opening of our Columbia location is on course for the end of February, totalling the number of healthy food destinations to 8 Nalley Fresh locations!
Have a great February, and may the choices you make now become habits for life, for a healthier, happier you!