American Heart Health Month

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – February is a month to think about hearts, and not just the candy ones!

It’s American Heart Health Month and the WIC Project Coordinator Jody Shriver from the Public Health Department said this year the focus is on cholesterol. She said it’s important to learn the difference between good and bad cholesterol as well as getting those levels tested.

“So a lot of things going on right now are figuring out what your cholesterol levels are, recognizing your good cholesterol versus your bad cholesterol, going in for screenings, and there’s even some focus on making sure those things take place when you’re younger,” said Shriver.

Shriver said there are simple ways to improve heart health such as eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, exercising more, and finding ways to reduce stress. She said another lifestyle change that can have big impact is for anyone who smokes to quit smoking.

“Simply put you want to eat less, move more, think about ways to reduce your stress and kind of be social and those are the biggest things you can do,” said Shriver.

Shriver said the month of February is also a good time to learn the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in case you or anyone around you were to experience one. She said taking care of your heart is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body!

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