Be Active…Take to the Hills!

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In another post, we talked about how interval training can build up your endurance, helping your heart to pump more efficiently.

When you’re ready to add a little variety—and challenge—to your workout, try some hill training when you hit the treadmill.

(And don’t forget to get your doctor’s OK before starting a new fitness program.)

Here is the link…

Be Active…Take to the Hills

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14 Days of Delicious Heart Healthy Meals

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You try to be good to your heart. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. It means taking that extra flight of stairs. It means cutting down on stress. And it means taking time to think about what you eat.

But we are always here to help! Here is a Free Food Plan that is designed for everyone who wants a nutritious, great-tasting diet.

Packed with tasty and healthful recipes, you’ll enjoy how easy the plan is to follow.

With dozens of meals and snacks to choose from, it offers daily variety and flavors you’ll love. And, most important, it provides a diet of balanced fats that help support healthy cholesterol levels.

Put a little love in your heart—and your diet.

 

Here is the link…..

14 Days of Delicious Heart Healthy Meals

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Eat Better, Live Better

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September is Cholesterol Education Month, and we are here to help with a 14 day eating plan designed to put you on the right track to healthy cholesterol levels.

Research has shown that by following the six steps below, which emphasize a relative balance of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, you’ll support healthy cholesterol levels by improving the ratio of “good” HDL cholesterol to “bad” LDL cholesterol. Here are the guidelines for our Food Plan.

See how your diet stacks up!

6 steps to a Healthier Balanced Fat Diet

At least 2/3 of fat must come from balanced fat products or this Food Plan

Limit total fat to about 30% of calories (65g per day)

Limit saturated fat to 10% of calories (20g per day)

Limit dietary cholesterol to average 300mg or less per day

Avoid trans fat

Exercise regularly

Additional Considerations
  • Eat enough calories to maintain a healthy weight. The Food Plan provides a daily average of about 1,900 calories. Adjust your portion sizes if your calorie needs are more than or less than this amount.
  • Sodium should be 600mg or less per meal.
  • It is recommended to have a daily intake of 800mg to 2g of plant sterols each day.

 

 

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Outsmarting Your Family History

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If your family tree is full of broken hearts, you may worry that there’s a space for you on the next rickety branch.

After all, one to five percent of people younger than 65 who have a heart attack are more likely to have inherited a susceptibility to heart disease.

In fact, researchers believe at least two dozen gene regions are involved in cardiovascular disease.

Here is the link…

Outsmarting Your Family History

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Be Active…Take to the Hills!

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In another post, we talked about how interval training can build up your endurance, helping your heart to pump more efficiently.

When you’re ready to add a little variety—and challenge—to your workout, try some hill training when you hit the treadmill.

(And don’t forget to get your doctor’s OK before starting a new fitness program.)

Here is the link…..

Be Active…Take to the Hills!

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