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February is Heart Health Month

Every 25 seconds, someone has a heart attack. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans, more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.  Yet only 1 in 5 women heart health 2believe that heart disease is her greatest health threat. 


Don’t just wear red this month to show your support for heart disease awareness! Make some small changes to your lifestyle to keep your heart healthy. 

Understanding the Dash Diet:
View the video on our YouTube Channel

Handouts that Ashley references in the video:

DASH Long -  https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/hbp_low.pdf

Dash In Brief (I like this better) -  https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/dash_brief.pdf

Dash Sample Menus (NIH) -  https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/hbp-dash-week-dash-html

Dash Sample Menus (Dr. Oz) -  http://www.doctoroz.com/article/7-day-dash-diet-meal-plan



Healthy alternative dates for Valentine’s Day
Skip the calories, candies and chocolates this year and try some of these fun and active alternatives for a healthy Valentine’s Day.

8 ways to sneak activity into your valentine's day
Active valentine's date ideas


Eat Well: 
Kale isn’t the only healthy vegetable out there. Red vegetables, like tomatoes and bell peppers, may help reduce the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and high cholesterol.

Benefits of red vegetables
More red foods and recipes
Heart healthy foods to work into your diet
Menus to cut the fat and salt

Did you know that City employees can schedule a free in person or over the phone consultation with a Registered Dietitian?   Click here to learn more or to view the materials and videos from 16 different nutrition webinar topics.


Celebrate heart month by reducing stress and supporting the American Heart Association.  Licensed Massage Therapists will be at several City locations in February providing 10-minute chair massages for a $5 donation to the City's Heart Walk Team.   Click here to learn more.