Heart Health ABC's

Heart health is achievable. If you make small changes every day, you will have long term health when it comes to your heart. I've created an easy way for you to remember and get your kids involved. 

A: Ask your doctor if aspirin is right for you

B: Know your blood pressure

C: Be aware of your cholesterol levels. Bad cholesterol (LDL) should be over 60 and good cholesterol (HDL) should be less than 100. 

D: Diet - Limit your intake of salt, sugar and fat. 

E: Exercise - 3 times per week for 30 minutes is a great place to start. Make small changes and it could lead to a more aggressive exercise regimen. 

F: Fiber - get at least 3 servings of fruits and vegetables.

G: Genetics - Family history matters when it comes to heart disease. Consult with your doctor for an optimal prevention path. 

H: Habits matter the most. We need to make small changes that will lead to bigger behaviors over time. Educating your children when they're young and instilling good habits is key.

I: Increase your input of organic food. Limit the amount of pesticides and preservatives in your body.

J: Java time. Coffee lovers rejoice - 3-4 cups per day is great for you. Some studies show coffee helps decrease the risk of diabetes, some cancers and dementia.