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Heart Healthy February By: Emilee Sweley Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. February is dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and increasing knowledge about prevention. Heart disease describes a variety of conditions that affect the heart. “Heart disease” is a term interchangeably used with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain, or a stroke. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices. Being physically active and choosing a healthy eating plan are two ways to prevent heart disease at any age. Choose foods low in saturated and trans fat and sodium. Also eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; fish is recommended twice a week. Eat healthy snacks such as nuts and lower fat dairy products, limit sugar-sweetened beverages and red meats, and try to select the leanest cuts available for meat. Every week you should slowly work up to at least two and a half hours of moderateintensity aerobic physical activity. Also, two or more days a week you need muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups. Children should get at least 60 minutes of activity each day. A healthy heart is a happy heart! ZUMBA for Heart Heroes! Page Litchfield High School’s very own Meghan Kratzer is a “Heart Hero,” as she is a survivor of congenital heart defects. If you can, please come join us to have some heart-healthy fun and support a great cause! For more details, see enclosed flyer. 6 A Zumba Event will take place in Litchfield on February 20, 2016 in the Litchfield High School’s New Gym. This event will benefit the charity Heart Heroes. This cause is very near and dear to instructor, Kristi Unick’s heart because she lost her son, Keyan, to CHD (C ۙ