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5 Things To Do in February

This Month's Topic: Nourish Your Heart

red heart graphic1. Check out 

My Life Check and the Simple 7. The online assessment from the American Heart Association takes just a few minutes, and you will know where you stand on your road to good health. Then practice the action plan to live a heart-healthy life because no one achieves heart health by accident.

My Life Check and the Simple 7

2. Explore a website

The American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart provides videos with quick tips and techniques to help you learn new cooking skills. Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. If you’re ready to start cooking at home, AHA provides dozens of recipes and pointers to ease you into the kitchen. The recipes are simple and nutritious, and each has a preparation video so you won’t miss a step.

Simple Cooking with Heart

3. Track your food and fitness

SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze and track your diet and physical activity. Find out what and how much to eat; track foods, physical activities and weight; and personalize with goal setting, virtual coaching and journaling.

4. Check Out This App

Digifit iCardioiOS and Android – This app functions as a heart rate monitor, activity tracker and health trainer.

5. Try the featured recipes

Chocolate lovers will enjoy the dessert made with a “secret ingredient”: fiber-rich chickpeas. Also, try the delicious soup, salsa and salad dressing ideas on your way to heart-healthy eating.

Chickpea Chocolate Cake
Chickpea Chocolate Cake

More Pulse Recipes

Mexican Chicken Soup
Mexican Chicken Soup
(Courtesy of American Heart Association)

Black Bean Salsa
Black Bean Salsa
(watch a video of this recipe being made)
More bean recipes

Winter Salad
Quick Salad Dressings
(Courtesy of American Heart Association)
(photo courtesy Scott Sherrill-Mix)

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This project is supported by the Rural Health & Safety Education Competitive Grant Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), grant number 2013-46100-21467.

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