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Tips for your Heart

Posted on 02/26/2013

As we wind down February, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to discuss with you some heart healthy tips you can implement in your life to improve your heart health. 

1. Do not smoke -- if you do, quit, if you don't smoke then don't start.
2. Be active every day -- being active on a daily basis has shown great benefits for overall heart health. No need to join a club, do housework, take a walk or etc.
3. Reduce sodium -- last week's blog said it all. Need I say more? If you missed it, check it out. 
4. Eat fish regularly -- eating fish twice weekly is the recommendation by health and medical experts. 
5. Portion and calorie controlled meals -- limiting one's calories helps with weight loss and weight management. Less weight helps the cardiovascular system work more efficiently.
6. Know your numbers -- knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar numbers is key in managing them. 
7. Reduce stress -- unmanaged stress is a risk factor for developing heart disease. 
8. Maintain a healthy weight -- being overweight automatically puts you at greater risk for heart disease. 
9. Consume fresh fruits and vegetables daily -- consuming a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables helps reduce cholesterol, blood pressure and helps you stay at a healthy weight.
10. Eat whole grains -- eating whole grains each day helps "clean your arteries" and has been found to lower blood pressure. 

Need more information about heart health? Go to heart.org to learn more.

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The Slim Down Contestants are on a roll. In a mere 7 weeks they have lost a total of 292 pounds! With just 8 more weeks to go, who will be named the winner? 

So far, the weight loss by percentage is as follows:

Steve 17.45%
Maria 15.12%
Scott 13.83%
Renee 13.59%
Cindi 13.32%
Erik 12.50%
Debbie 10.62%
Roberta 9.09%
Shirley 8.47%
Rhonda 6.72%

Be sure to check back here next week for the latest in contest results. For more information visit seattlesutton.com. You can also find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SeattleSuttons and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/SeattleSutton. 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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