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We often give a special gift on Valentine’s Day to those we love. Many send flowers to commemorate this special occasion. Heart-shaped boxes of decadent candies will woo the love of your life. These gifts will last a brief time. To really show love to that special someone, keep your heart healthy.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. We celebrate emotional feelings on one dayValentine’s, but dedicate the entire month to the body organ that sustains our life—our heart.

The following, adapted from a list by the University of Nebraska Extension, are ways to have a healthier heart.
 Reduce Your Risk. Conditions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity increase risks for heart attacks and heart disease. Take measures to control any of these challenges that are a part of your life.
 Learn Warning Signs. Although chest pain is a common symptom for men and women, other indications of heart attack or disease differ between men and women.
 Improve Nutrition. Making healthier food choices may extend the length and quality of your life.
 Move Your Body. Inactivity harms health. Find ways to increase activity. Regular exercise is best, but even small changes can make a huge difference.

Show your love to that special someone by looking at lifestyle changes to make you healthier. Start today. It’s the best gift you can give.

For more information, see
http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6820
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

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