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Your daily habits can have a big impact on your heart health. Lifestyle changes like choosing nutritious foods, being physically active, and not using tobacco offer a wide range of health benefits. Here are a few simple lifestyle changes to help you improve your heart health.
Your body makes cholesterol naturally, but you also get it from the food you eat. Animal-based foods like egg yolks, meat, shellfish, and cheeses contain high amounts of cholesterol.  When you eat these foods frequently, or in high quantities, your cholesterol levels may rise.
Cut back on foods that are higher in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat. Examples include :
If you have high cholesterol, you may also be at risk for high blood pressure. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is an eating plan that focuses on heart-healthy, nutrient-dense foods that can help lower blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart attacks and strokes. 
Soluble fiber has been shown to reduce inflammation and cholesterol.  High-fiber foods include fruits and vegetables, whole-grain cereals, nuts, seeds, and legumes like black beans, lentils, chickpeas, and peas.
Unsaturated fats like canola, olive, and safflower oils can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.  These types of fat are liquid at room temperature, which makes it easier for them to pass through the bloodstream.
Omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to have a positive impact on cardiovascular health.  Although the exact pathway is unknown, omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce triglyceride levels by reducing their formation in the liver. These types of fat are found in fatty fish and some plant-based foods like flaxseeds.
Self Reflection: What are some ways you could make your diet more heart healthy?
Living a physically active lifestyle can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce blood pressure, and improve your heart health. 
If you spend a lot of time sitting, you may be at a higher risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and lung cancers, and early death.  One easy way to increase physical activity is to take short walks throughout the day and slowly work up to longer bouts of activity as your fitness level improves.
To get started, aim to get at least 150 minutes of activity each week. Every little bit counts when it comes to moving your body, so it’s okay to start slow. Remember to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine.
Self Reflection: What are some new forms of physical activity that you could try?
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