As one of our most devasting diseases in this country, heart disease is something we should all keep top of mind, even if you don’t have a family history. With February being National Heart Month, RIHI wanted to share some helpful tips on taking steps to keep one of our most vital organs healthy, happy, and working smoothly for years to come.

When we saw that the American Heart Association updated its guidelines to help us all lead heart-healthier lives, we just had to share with the RIHI family. And whether you follow them all or just a few, any steps you take can keep you healthy and further away from experiencing any heart issues.

As we all know, the first step to our overall health is to stay active. Whether you exercise regularly or when your schedule allows, getting up and doing any sort of physical activity will not only help keep your heart healthy, but you’ll feel better as a whole. Beyond taking steps to stay active, what you put in your body is also so important beyond the age-old advice of “everything in moderation”

Here’s a sampling of what the American Heart Association has to say about healthier eating habits:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Choose foods that are minimally processed—eat fresh foods
  • Choose healthy sources of proteins like beans nuts and seeds over processed meats
  • Consume fewer beverages and foods with higher levels of sugar
  • Choose and prepare your foods with little or no salt
  • Moderate the amount of alcohol you consume

The following are some dietary tips from the AHA’s Guidelines, but if you’d like to dive deeper for more detail you can go to  Guidelines and Statements – Professional Heart Daily | American Heart Association

At RIHI, we are excited to help the American Association fight heart disease by actively fundraising for the Southern New England Chapter’s Go Red Program. For the month of February, RIHI will be making a donation for every sale, up to a total donation of $5,000. We will also be providing the entire RIHI community of customers and friends with the following link RIHI supports the Go Red program for the American Heart Association (ejoinme.org)  At RIHI, we believe that when we pull together for a common cause, we can accomplish anything.

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