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Heart Health Year-Round

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While February is designated as Heart Month, it’s important to take care of your heart all year round. Here are some tips for doing so from Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Heart & Vascular Center.

Move More!

  • Aim for 30 minutes daily of brisk walking, biking or swimming.
  • Stay active throughout the day. Get up from your desk, chair or couch every hour.

Quit Smoking!

  • Quitting is the single most important thing you can do for your health.

Eat Better!

  • Read food labels.
  • Limit food and drinks with added sugars.
  • Stay away from fatty foods.
  • Reduce your daily intake of salt.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Include a vegetable and fruit with every meal.
  • Avoid processed meals.
  • Make your plate a rainbow: include foods like salmon, sweet potatoes, kale, peppers and strawberries.

Reduce Stress!

  • Laugh
  • Deep breathe
  • Practice relaxation
  • Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

Find heart-healthy recipes here.
Learn more about Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Heart and Vascular Center.