February Focuses on More Than Just Candy Hearts
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 10, 2013 @ 7:34PM
Created on February 10, 2013 @ 6:06PM
With Valentine's Day around the corner, you may find yourself surrounded by paper and candy hearts. But with heart disease being the number one killer in the United States, health officials say we should be more careful with our own.
February is National Heart Month and it's time to take control of our health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women, killing 600,000 Americans each year.
However, heart disease is both preventable and controllable. Even a small amount of exercise every day can greatly reduce your risk of a heart attack.
"Just try to start off with 20-30 minutes of cardio. If you're using the treadmill or using the elliptical and arch trainers, that would be a good way to start, just to get the sweat going" said Personal Trainer Mitchell Martin.
One Morgantown woman we talked to said she believes a healthy life leads to a happy one.
"Just keep yourself happy. If you're not going to work out or eat healthy, you're not going to be happy with yourself", said Ashley Nardella.
Besides diet and exercise, the Center for Disease Controle recommends you monitor your blood pressure, limit alcohol use, and don't smoke.
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