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Protect Your Heart!

February is the perfect opportunity to focus on conditions that affect the heart. Heart disease is a term that refers to several types of heart conditions. Heart disease (including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke) is the number one cause of death in the United States. Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. Some people are born with heart disease. You can protect your heart with important changes that will lower your risk of heart disease. Unfortunately, you cannot control your age, gender, race/ethnicity, genetics, or family history.

To lower your risk:

*Don’t smoke.

*Maintain a healthy weight.

*Eat a healthy diet.

*Exercise regularly.

*Prevent or treat your other health conditions.

So let’s celebrate the heart this month. I encourage you to take steps to lower your risk for heart disease. Encouraging those around you to join in those healthy steps can help to reduce the incidence of heart disease. Small changes can lead to big results!

For additional information on this or other topics, please contact Renee Harvey at (252)-946-0111 or email renee_harvey@ncsu.edu

Renee Harvey, Area Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Serving Beaufort and Hyde Counties

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov

http://www.heart.org

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Photo of Renee HarveyRenee HarveyArea Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (252) 946-0111 renee_harvey@ncsu.eduBeaufort County, North Carolina
Posted on Feb 9, 2017
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