Love Your Heart This Month
It’s hard to miss all the heart-themed gifts and goodies that are popping up everywhere. As a health coach, I no longer see the symbol only as representing Valentine’s Day; I see it as an important reminder to take care of our health and wellness. That’s because February is American Heart Month, with a mission to increase awareness and actions that prevent and reduce heart disease. It’s a rapidly growing health issue; according to the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives each year than all forms of cancer and respiratory disease combined. Today, more than 90 million American adults are living with some form of heart disease.
However, I am inspired by the clients I work with who are taking steps to improve their health, nutrition and weight. Even small changes in your daily fitness and food choices can minimize your risk of heart issues. And, because you may be more tempted to eat sweets this month, I’ll be posting my favorite tips for kicking your sugar cravings, since consuming too much added sugar can significantly increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in JAMA: Internal Medicine.
I wish you a happy, healthy and full heart this month!
P.S. If your significant other is searching for a true heartfelt Valentine’s Gift for you, drop a hint about wanting your own personal health coach!
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