Do your heart a favor one step at a time

Go Red Month is in full swing, with the message of promoting heart health nearly everywhere you turn.

We hope everyone in our community, and especially women, won’t look right past the ads, the articles and all the information and will instead take time to let it sink in.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the country, and everyone should be informed about the causes and the symptoms.

There are simple things that most of us could do to make our hearts healthier.

Simply getting 30 minutes of exercise a day is a big boost to heart health. For those who are very busy or have led a sedentary lifestyle, it may work to split that up into three 10-minute sessions a day. The exercise can be as simple as walking or riding an exercise bike.

There are also small changes that can be made in our diets that can make a big difference.

Substituting salsa for butter on a baked potato, for instance, is one way of reducing saturated and trans fat.

Other goals to strive for are to measure and use the correct portion sizes, eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduce sodium.

All the changes don’t have to be made at once. Try one change at a time, and your heart will thank you.