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January's Tips
If you're serious about extending good health in the future, make January your month to start. Eat healthy, be active and live smoke-free.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US & Canada. Your best protection against heart disease is by living a healthy active lifestyle. By making a few changes in your daily routine, you can equip yourself with the armor that keeps heart disease away.

Being active is not just for athletes.
Many of us perceive physical activity and exercise as the first step in training for an athletic event, but most experts agree that even light activity will benefit your health tremendously. 60 minutes of walking or stretching, will benefit your heart. 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as a brisk walk, or raking leaves, done 3 times a week, will also promote heart health. Recent studies also tell us that exercise evenly distributed throughout the day (i.e. 10 minute sessions) may be equally as beneficial.

Eat Healthy
Increasing the number of fruits and vegetables in your diet has a positive impact on your health. Fruits and vegetables not only provide you with essential vitamins and nutrients, but they also optimize the digestive process when eaten in conjunction with many complex carbohydrate and protein foods such as rice and fish repectively. Most experts recommend 3-5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. If you're not at that level yet, try starting with one fruit in the morning and one in the evening. How about some carrots with your lunch? Hey, that's 3 servings!

Live Smoke-Free

Most people don't realize that smoking is a cause of heart disease, so start by stopping! Quitting smoking isn't easy, but it's worth the effort, for you and your family. The benefits are almost immediate. Even within a few days, your body starts getting healthier. After a week of being smoke-free, you will be able to do more physical activity and your sense of smell and taste improve. After one year, your odds of having heart disease are cut in half....now isn't that worth it?
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