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Be Smart About Your Heart
Cristina Tells Us What She Learned About Heart Disease
Are You at Risk for Heart Disease?
Cristina's Family Takes the Path to Heart Health
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Cristina's Family Takes the Path to Heart Health

Cristina says: "The good news is that my family and I can do many things to lower our risk for heart disease. I am changing my habits because I want to be at my children’s graduations and weddings."

  • Lose weight. "We eat smaller portions. If we are still hungry, we have salad."

  • Get 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days. "We walk together after dinner every night."

  • Eat less saturated fat and sodium. "I bake chicken instead of frying. I use herbs instead of salt to season our food."

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. "We enjoy them with meals, as a snack, or for dessert."

  • Limit beverages and foods with sugar. "We limit sweets, such as doughnuts, cookies, and soda."

  • Quit smoking. "We keep our home smoke free.

  • Have regular checkups. "We use our heart health cards to track our weight, waist measurement, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar (test for diabetes)."

Cristina says: "Changing old habits is no easy chore, but as a family we help each other. We are more active and eat healthier meals."

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
National Institutes of Health
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
NIH Publication No. 08-6351
June 2008



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