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Tips for a Healthy Heart

February 28th, 2020Awareness

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, 80% of premature heart disease can be prevented by incorporating healthy behaviors – such as eating healthy and being physically active – into your daily routine.

As part of Heart month, we take a look at some simple ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and incorporate more healthy habits into your lifestyle.

Paint Your Plate

Discover your creative side and try to fill half your plate with brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet will ensure you are eating a variety of nutrients that support and improve your overall health and well-being.

Nutrients – such as vitamin A, C and fibre – found in many bright orange, red and green fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve your heart health.

Choose High Protein Foods

Healthy protein sources – such as: beans, chickpeas and lentils – can reduce blood cholesterol, blood pressure and help with body weight management, all risk factors associated with heart disease.

Other heart healthy protein options include: fish, seeds, nuts, tofu, fortified soy products, eggs, low-fat dairy products, lean poultry and meats.

Choose 100% Whole Grain & Whole Wheat Food

Whole grain products contain fibre, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar levels and helps you feel fuller, longer. It is important to incorporate whole grain and whole wheat products that have less fat, sugar and salt into your diet.

Reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke can be done by making simple and healthy lifestyle choices. That could mean incorporating the tips above, quitting smoking, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly.

For additional heart healthy resources and recipes, visit: thefoodbank.ca/food.