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February is American Heart Month

February marks National Heart Month and today is National Wear Red Day, spreading awareness for the number one cause of death in the United States, heart disease. National Wear Red Day signifies women with heart disease. Lisa Peterson, a Nutrition and Wellness Educator for the University of Illinois Extension says that small changes in diet and lifestyle can have extreme effects over time while combating high cholesterol or high blood pressure.


Peterson begins by explaining the risk factors associated with heart disease and what to be watchful of. Peterson says it's easier said than done, but the amount of salt and sodium in meals staying at the recommended level is imperative to a healthy lifestyle.


Spices like onion powder and garlic powder are two elements that Peterson says will help negate the large amount of salt that is adding the extra flavor.


For more information on heart disease or recipes offered by the University of Illinois Extension visit extension.illinois.edu/cjmm/nutrition-wellness.

Lisa Peterson appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.


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