02.07.14 Wear Red Day – Five Basic Steps to a Healthier Heart February is American Heart Month, and today is Wear Red Day! This day, specifically, seeks to raise awareness around the fact that heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Since we love red, and we love all of the moms, sisters, aunts, grandmas, and daughters that step through our doors, we want to keep you healthy. Here are some things you can do to keep your ticker going strong. Get started today! Quit smoking. And if you already don't, please don't start! It's not just a bad thing for your heart, but for your entire body. In fact, smoking is bad for your health. Period. For women, the health risks of tobacco are even higher. Especially those over 35. Reduce stress. Again, not just good for your heart, but for your entire body. And hey, Jackson Hewitt can help relieve any stress you feel during tax season by helping you make the most out of tax time – after all, money matters are a common contributor to stress. Of course, you can find lots of ways to relax whether it’s spending time on a hobby, meditation or going for a run. Speaking of going for a run… Try to exercise on a regular basis. If you can’t get 30 minutes in, shoot for 10. Any exercise is better than none at all. Plus, when you exercise, you feel better about yourself, which helps to reduce stress. See, two birds. One stone. Eat a balanced diet. That means eating your vegetables, fish, low fat dairy products and foods low in saturated fat. Maintain a healthy weight. If you incorporate steps one through four into your life, then this one should follow. If that seems pretty basic – it’s because it is! Be good to your heart and it will be good to you.