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Health Tips #79 ~ [Issue 0206-2]  Wellness Weekly
 Feb 14, 2006 09:41 PST 

5 Tips for a Healthier Heart

* Light a candle - Make a date!

Let your birthday be a reminder to schedule an appointment with your
doctor to evaluate your risk factors. Get your blood pressure,
cholesterol, and glucose levels checked. Ask your doctor about
reaching maintaining a healthy weight.

* Kick butts.

If you smoke, quit! Here is a 4 step way to help kick the habit. Day
1: cut the number of cigarettes you smoke in half. Day 3: cut the
number in half again. Day 5: cut the number in half again. On your
quit day . . . QUIT!

* Get physical.

Step, march, or jog in place for at least 15 minutes a day while
watching television. Increase this exercise by 5 minutes each week
until you are getting at least 30 minutes of this exercise most days
of the week.

* Do not let candy bar the way!

If you eat 200 to 300 calories (about one candy bar) less and
exercise at least 30 minutes on at least five days of the week, you
will steadily get closer to your goal and be more likely to keep the
weight off.

* Say "yay for me!"

Keep track of your successes in exercising, losing weight, or
quitting smoking. When you reach a goal, celebrate. Reward yourself
by doing something you enjoy - you deserve it!
	
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