February is American Heart Month, and with the growing obesity of US citizens, it's one month people should begin to take note of. Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator at the U of I Extension in Taylorville, said nowadays, someone dies of a heart attack or heart disease every 40 seconds. She said it's because of the diet most Americans have, and because many don't know what should be eaten in moderation or cut out. She said saturated fast are what cause heart issues and raise cholesterol, but unsaturated fats are good for people.
Peterson is holding a class called Heart Healthy Eating on February 9th from 5:30-6:30 to teach people about what to eat and what not to eat, and about some of the best diets and lifestyles to have that can make sure people can avoid heart problems later in life.
Peterson appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.