Monday, February 04, 2019
by Mackenzie Harkey, MSPH, and Julia Jordan, Morrison Healthcare Food Services
BJC | Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate in February. This month also includes National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month — making it a perfect time to focus on heart health.
Move with heart
To improve heart health, The Heart Truth® — a program of the National Institutes of Health — suggests aiming for at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity that gets your heart pumping. The campaign encourages people to pledge to be more physically active and post on Twitter or Instagram with #MoveWithHeart. Post your own pledge, or look for inspiration by searching #MoveWithHeart.
Know your numbers
Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any numbers that aren’t normal.
Eating a diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and limits saturated fat and sodium, can help support heart health. Get started by including a few key foods in your diet:
This month’s superfood is chiles
Chiles get their kick from capsaicin, an antioxidant that shows promise for both promoting health and giving the metabolism a boost.
Chiles are also a good source of vitamin C and can be used to spice up a variety of recipes.
Head to your Morrison café to try some great-tasting recipes that include this month’s superfood — or pick up chile recipes to try at home, including spicy barbecue carrot tostadas, chicken with three-pepper relish, potato and poblano quesadilla with salsa, and crispy chipotle potato and zucchini tacos.
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