This February, Love Your Heart (In Raleigh) Meghan Grady, Staff Writer Oh, it’s February again, which means one thing...Valentine’s Day. And in true fashion, shortly after the holiday season in December, we’ve been bombarded by hearts! They’re everywhere- heart figu rines, heart cards, heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates, and a personal favorite, those delectable Necco Sweethearts! But, dur ing this Valentine’s Day frenzy, it is important to remember our real, beating heart. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), February, 1963 was de clared by Congress to be American Heart Month. Today, it is impor tant to note that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women around the world. Across the nation, Americans are taking a closer look at how they treat this organ. Whether or not you or some one in your family has experi enced heart disease in the past or has never had any trouble at all, there are ways to keep your heart in tip-top shape. First, we’ve all heard the adage “you are what you eat.” Thus, the AHA guidelines recommend eating no more than 6 ounces of lean meat a day, which includes poultry, fish and beans. Also, recommended are about 8 to 10 servings of fruits and veg etables, 2 to 3 servings of low fat dairy, 6 or more servings of whole grains, and about 2 servings of fats and oils. They say to “boil, broil, grill, bake, roast, steam, stir-fiy, or microwave, don’t fry in oil.” If you must use oil for cooking, give olive oil a try. Be sure to drink lots of water and cut back on the caffeine. In addition to a healthy diet, it’s time to get those sneakers out of the closet and get moving. Click ing the buttons on the TV remote control does not equal exercise folks! Exercise can help reduce stress levels by increasing endor phins. Endorphins are our friends! According to the Mayo Clinic staff, you should shoot for about 30-60 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. If you haven’t done a lot of exercise recently, be sure to check with your physician and take it easy at the beginning. Try taking a walk on the Greenway with access at the front entrance of STAFF ^.''Kerald(g' layout Editor - ' ■ itshlev Matthews .Editor Courtney Angers Literature Advisor , angerscofu Suzanne Britt Assistant Editors Marianiawit Tadesse Amy Hrtiby Ad Manager Kristen (Jallagher Staff Writers Krishna Chagarliimudi ■Jillian Curtis r.rin Ktheridgc Kristin (iallagher Meglian Cirady ('aitlin Griffin Galley .Jones Alcigha I’age Anna Turner Mengjie Zhang Design Advisor Dana Gay The Meredith Herald is pub lished by the College through out the academic year. The jxiper is funded by the College and through indeix-ndent advertising. .(Ml adwrtisements should be sent to herald^i mcR' The opinions expressed in the editorial columns do not necessarily reflect those of the College administration, faculty, or student body. Tlic policy of this paper requires that submis sions be made by 5 p.m. the Tliursday before pub lication, allowing time for considtation between staff and contributors; that articles not exceed 700 words; that letters to the editor not exceed 200 words; and that emttribu- tors sign all submissions and provide nccessaiy \ contact Information. The \ editor and staff welcome ' submis.sions meeting the ^ above guidelines. .' email them to herald;® A ~ IhthliHu'd by IlinUrn Preas '■ Meredith’s campus. By exercising, you’ll work to maintain a healthy weight and combat stress. And lastly, put that cigarette down! The nicotine in tobacco products actually makes your heart work harder by narrowing blood vessels. Quitting smoking can be a difficult task to accomplish. However, the rewards for the body and environment are monumental. For tips on how to improve your lifestyle, visit They have lots of information in cluding heart healthy recipes. You A Heart, photo by Meghan Grady / can also sign up to receive their newsletter or join their “BetterU” lifestyle makeover program. In addition, Rex Hospital is host ing community events; visit their website for more information. Rex is also teaming up with the Caro lina Hurricanes; you could enter their contest to win season tickets for next year! Go to: www.caroli-, and make this February a new start for your heart! CH2APP00KS Sell your textbooks foj s (925) BUY-BACK ST zm

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