Wear Red Day

You will see more people sporting the color red today in honor of the American Heart Association’s annual National Wear Red Day. Krystal Webb is the Communications Director for the state’s chapter of the American Heart Association. She says a few changes in your life can lower your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke or other cardiovascular disease. She says, “Just small changes like a little bit less on your plate or substituting low-fat yogurt in a recipe that calls for heavy cream. You know just making those small adjustments once or twice a day that adds up to big change.” She also recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, which can be accomplished by taking a walk. She says, “So that might sound like a lot, but if you break it down it actually only comes out to about a 30 minute walk for five days. So if you can get out for a quick stroll, a quick walk, at least when it is a little bit nicer out, then you’re going to add up those minutes real fast.” About 30 percent of deaths in the U.S. are caused by cardiovascular diseases.