Heart health the subject of Dr. Jen's monthly visit to KVOE

Want to keep your heart healthy? Well, treat your body right.


That includes good nutrition, exercise and enough rest. ESU Health Promotions professor Dr. Jennifer Thomas made her monthly appearance to the KVOE Morning Show on Tuesday to highlight 30 specific things you can do -- or should avoid -- to reduce your heart attack risk. Dr. Jen says walnuts are good because they have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

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Other food tips include increasing potassium intake through bananas, sweet potatoes or yellowfin tuna; drinking lowfat milk and skipping the energy drinks. Also avoid the salad dressing, but add mangoes because they are rich in beta-carotene.

For exercise, Dr. Jen says cardio exercise, walking the dog, full squats and stationary bike work can reduce your heart attack risk significantly. Enough rest is also important, but too much sleep -- 10 hours or more -- can pick up the risk of heart disease.

Dr. Jen's tips are always online at KVOE.com.

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