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Keep Your Heart Healthy – Free Publications, Risk Calculator, Prevention Tips and More

February is American Heart Month. This annual observance reminds us that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but that there are steps we can take to reduce our risk.

Use these resources to help you and your loved ones live healthier lives:

High blood pressure is dangerous and often without symptoms, and increases in blood pressure can put you at risk for heart disease. Use these tips to avoid health complications as a result of high blood pressure.

Watching Two Hours of TV Per Day Can Put Your Health At Risk

People who watch two or more hours of TV a day are much more likely to have severe health problems than people who do not, according to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health that analyzed data from the past 30 years.

Too much TV is linked to:

  • a 20 percent increase in diabetes
  • a 15 percent increase in cardiovascular diseases
  • a 13 percent increase in death by any cause.

A key reason is that TV time is often spent sitting and eating unhealthy food instead of exercising.

Replacing TV with other common activities can make a big difference to your health.

Use these suggestions from the National Institutes of Health to find ideas of what you can do instead of watching TV.