More than 1 in 3 Americans have 1 or more types of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease remains the number 1 killer in both men and women (CDC). While age, gender, and ethnicity contribute to the level of a person’s risk, heart disease does not discriminate and can affect anyone. Runners are not immune to the risks of heart disease. Good news… we do have a leg up (literally)! These are 7 steps that the American Heart Association recommends to Live Better and prevent heart disease (link here).
What do you notice about these steps? 6 out of the 7 have to do with diet and exercise! We are good with number 2, right? I’m assuming we are among the 30% of Americans that get the exercise that we need (150 mins of moderate exercise/week… we get that in 1 long run!)
Good nutrition isn’t just important on the day of a long run or race. Our diets throughout the week WILL affect our energy, performance, and overall health. Let’s get both legs up on preventing heart disease and make our diets a priority! Here are some tips:
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For more information or diet related questions, email Kristen O’Connor, RD, LD at firstname.lastname@example.org, check out her blog by clicking here or find her on twitter @ramblingsofanrd. Kristen is a registered dietitian with a degree in medical dietetics from The Ohio State University.