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Stay healthy for the sake of your heart


12:01am 4th February 2012

Health bosses at NHS Yorkshire and the Humber are urging people in the region to adopt a healthy lifestyle for the sake of their heart.

February is 'National Heart Month' and people in Yorkshire and the Humber region are being asked to take a look at their lifestyle and the possible effects this may have on their health. 

Heart disease contributes to around 250 UK deaths every day, however, by eating a healthy and balanced diet, not drinking alcohol to excess, not smoking and taking part in regular exercise, you can give yourself the best chance of avoiding it.

Director for public health at NHS North of England, Paul Johnstone, said:

"Heart disease is a big killer in Yorkshire and the Humber region, and National Heart Month is a great initiative which brings the disease to the forefront of people's minds and hopefully encourages them to lead a healthy life.

"It is vital that we make people aware of the risks of leading an unhealthy lifestyle - smoking, drinking too much alcohol and eating fatty foods can all increase your chances of developing heart disease. 

"There are some simple steps people can take to look after their hearts, including giving up cigarettes, getting more exercise and eating heart-friendly foods such as fruit and vegetables.

"A healthy lifestyle really is key to keeping your heart in good health."

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