President Barack Obama has officially proclaimed February to be American Heart Month, just as every president has done before him, dating back to a 1963 resolution passed by Congress to draw attention to the leading cause of death among U.S. adults.
Heart disease accounts for 2,200 deaths in the U.S. every day, or one in every three, according to the CDC. Luckily, simple diet and lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking and keeping stress levels under control are all great places to start. Another powerful way to take control of your ticker is to watch what you eat.
By now you probably know that olive oil, lean meats and omega-3-rich fish -- all components of the Mediterranean Diet -- are popular heart-healthy fare, but we've rounded up some other options to add to your diet this February.
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