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This Valentines Day, Give Some Love to Your Heart

During Valentine’s Day, society normally focuses on the symbolic meaning of the heart. Pictures of brightly colored hearts cover candies, cards, and party decorations. While the heart represents love from a symbolic standpoint, the idea of loving someone and being loved in return has a very real impact on your heart’s health! When you express love (romantic or platonic), you reduce stress and anxiety and promote happiness and relaxation. This calms your body and allows your heart to do its job more efficiently.

Below are some other tips to create a healthier heart, so that you can keep giving love for many years to come :

-Eat a healthy diet: Make healthy food choices like more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low fat dairy products. Eat less salt, saturated fat, and sugar

-Move more, sit less: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week

-Rethink your drink: drink water!! And if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation

-Take medications as directed: If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something.

-Learn your health history: Know your risks and talk to your family and doctor about your health history


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