Contributed by: NAPSA
Follow Six Simple Steps To A Healthy Heart
(NAPSA) - Three of four Americans worry about the health of their heart.
Of the 1,021 adults surveyed, nearly two-thirds agree with the statement: "I would do anything I had to, if I knew it would keep my heart healthy."
In fact, more and more Americans are getting the message that what they eat can have a big impact on their heart health. That's encouraging news, because more than 42 million adults have high cholesterol.
But, a majority of Americans don't know the healthiest foods to keep their hearts healthy, and a startling one in four Americans has never checked his or her cholesterol levels according to the Heart Smart survey, sponsored by Quaker Oats.
With new and often conflicting nutrition information released every day, people need simple advice about healthy lifestyle changes, including which foods are best to eat.
To assist them, Quaker recommends "Six Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart," including nutrition and exercise counsel that people can follow throughout the day.
Before following the Six Simple Steps, get a checkup from your doctor, including a cholesterol check. Also, determine any heart-disease risk factors in your family's history and inform your physician of any you discover.
By following these Six Simple Steps-including eating a bowl of oatmeal for 30 days-thousands of Americans have already lowered their cholesterol.
Here's a honey of an oatmeal idea that can help you start off your day in a heart-healthy way.
In 3-quart saucepan, bring water, apricots, honey, cinnamon and salt to a boil.
Stir in oats; return to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium; cook about 1 minute for quick oats (or 5 minutes for old fashioned oats) or until most of liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally.
Let stand until desired consistency.
If desired, substitute raisins, dried peaches or pears, dried cranberries or blueberries, dried apples, dates or diced mixed dried fruit for apricots.
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
Nutritional Information: Per 1 Cup Serving: Calories 190, Calories From Fat 20, Total Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 5mg, Carbohydrates 41g, Dietary Fiber 4g, Protein 4g, Total Sugars 20g.
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