5 Healthy Numbers to Know


Heart disease is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths in the United States.  There are certain risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease that are outside of your control, such as age, gender, and family health history.  However, there are other factors that can be easily managed if you take control and responsibility for your health.  The American Heart Association recommends that everyone, dieting or not, know their numbers for total cholesterol, good cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure, and blood sugar.  The numbers will give you and your physician a snapshot of your risk for heart disease.
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Valentine’s Day Swaps


Valentine’s Day, not unlike many other holidays, heavily revolves around unhealthy food.  Giving heart-shaped candies and chocolates along with date night dinners filled with calories are at the forefront.  If you are dedicated to weight-loss success, finding healthy ways to celebrate special occasions may be challenging.  Here are a few alternatives to swap out the sugary sweets.
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4 Ways to Prevent Heart Disease


February is American Heart Month.  This is the perfect time to evaluate if you are making a concerted effort to protect your heart.  Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and angina or chest pain.  Heart disease is the main form of cardiovascular disease and accounts for almost 35 percent of deaths.  It is the leading cause of death in both men and women.  While managing your weight by participating in a weight-loss program is usually noted as a key factor in the prevention of heart disease and certainly reduces your overall risk, there are several other preventative steps to take.
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