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February is National Heart Month

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight heart disease. Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you get and stay fit. If it’s hard to schedule regular exercise sessions, try aiming for sessions of at least 10 minutes each day throughout the week. Walking, swimming and bicycling are good at any age.

Watching what you eat is also important. Limit foods and beverages high in calories but low in nutrients. Also limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium you eat. For more information, check out the American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations.

Health Partners Plans also offers fitness center memberships at participating fitness centers to help you maintain or lose weight. For information, visit