Take charge of your health with these eight(8) steps to help prevent heart disease & stroke.

  1. Know your Risk – Understand your risk and factors that can increase your risk.
  2. Eat a Healthy Diet – center your eating plan around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins, and fish.
  3. Be Physically Active – Adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.
  4. Watch your Weight – Check your body mass index (BMI) online or talk to your team about a healthy weight for you.
  5. Live Tobacco-Free – Don’t smoke, vape, or use tobacco products. Avoid second-hand smoke too.
  6. Manage Conditions – Work closely with your health care team if you have high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes, or other conditions that put you at greater risk.
  7. Take your Medication – Your doctor may prescribe statins or other medications to help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Take all medications as directed.
  8. Be a Team Player – Your health care team can help you build a prevention plan that works for you. Talk about challenges in your life that may affect your health – stress, sleep, mental health, family situations, tobacco use, food access, social support, and more.

*Sourced from American Heart Association*