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Healthy eating habits help your heart

According to the American Heart Association, there are many changes people can make to their eating to support heart health.

Eat nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains. They are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, or plant chemicals, many of which are known for their antioxidant capabilities.

In addition, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, lean cuts of meat and poultry, fish and vegetarian sources of protein, including beans, peas and tofu, are supportive of heart health.

Use creative ways to add in more vegetables that will work for even the most reluctant eaters. Try adding fresh or frozen vegetables into your favorite pasta or top a pizza with extra mushrooms and spinach. Keep sliced veggies and hummus in a visible location in the fridge or add them to a smoothie.

As part of American Heart Month, the University Health Center will offer cholesterol screenings (blood lipid panels) at a free or reduced rate and free blood pressure screenings Feb. 8-11 and 15-18 from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.

Screenings are free for health-fees paid students and $10 for non-fees paid UGA students, UGA faculty/staff, spouses, domestic partners and UGA retirees. No appointment is necessary, but participants must have no food or drink except water after midnight the night before.

Source: University Health Center