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Show your heart some love and review these tips on how to reduce your risk for heart disease.

  • Get screened. The first step on your journey to heart health is to find out what risk factors you have. Getting screened is the first step to managing your personal heart health!
  • Build your support system. It’s easier to make healthy changes when you can count on the support of the people in your life. Ask your friends and family for help as you work toward the goal of heart health. You can also visit the Sister to Sister Community to find other women on a heart-health journey.
  • Choose heart healthy foods. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, with whole grains and high fiber foods, fish, and low-fat meat and dairy products, is a step in the right direction. Learn how to pick out the best foods for your heart.
  • Lighten up. Losing even a little weight can make a big difference to your heart. Sister to Sister has plenty of tips that can help you reach a healthy weight – and maintain it!
  • Get moving. Engaging in some type of physical activity on most days lowers your risk for heart disease. And don’t worry, you don’t have to start out running marathons or even join a gym – there are plenty of less drastic ways to get active.
  • Relax. Stress in life becomes stress in your body. Reducing your stress helps keep your heart healthy.
  • Manage your medications. If you take medications, including over-the-counter drugs, be sure to take them as directed.
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    Also, download the Heart Healthy Handbook for Women