Q: What dietary changes can I make to reduce my risk of heart disease?
A: Include healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Swap pork and beef for healthier meats like chicken and fish, which contain less saturated fat and cholesterol. Avoid trans fats as much as possible.
Q: Does exercise help improve heart health?
A: Yes! The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of activity on five days each week (150 minutes per week) for overall cardiovascular health.
Q: What is cholesterol?
A: Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance with multiple functions in the body. Our bodies naturally produce cholesterol, so technically we don’t need to eat cholesterol, but we also absorb cholesterol from animal products we eat. If cholesterol levels are too high, it can clog the arteries and cause many problems.