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Our heart. It’s kind of important, right? It’s what keeps us all moving, day in and day out. That’s why I want to let you know that February is American Heart Month! Pretty fitting since February is also the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

My friends at Quaker Oats and I want to help make sure your heart keeps going strong for a long, LONG time. It doesn’t take much to start making simple changes that can help your heart. Just check out our tips below for some thought starters. Each one only takes five minutes of your time:

1) Eat heart healthy meals: You don’t have to go on an extreme diet to be more heart healthy. Replace some of the refined grains you eat with whole grains. Start making the change at breakfast by eating 100% whole grain Quaker Oatmeal. 3g of soluble fiber daily from oatmeal, in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats has 2 grams. Quaker is also introducing new Quaker Whole Hearts cereal, which provides another tasty, heart healthy breakfast option for the whole family.

2) Know the state of your heart: Unsure if you should see the doctor now or wait until your annual visit to check your heart health? Find out more about your heart in just five minutes using the American Heart Association’s My Life Check Assessment at QuakerOats.com to help make an informed call.

3) Increase your workout time: Take five minutes to post your favorite workout to Facebook or Twitter, and ask your social network to share their top picks in return. You’d be surprised what great workouts you can learn about from your friends!

4) Learn facts about heart health: Recent figures from the American Heart Association estimate ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Knowing your blood pressure, among other important numbers, is one way to help stay informed about your heart health.

5) Make time for family fun: Set-up a “family night” each week. Cook a healthy dinner together, break out the board games or head outside to enjoy a nice walk. Sharing in laughter and fun helps relieve stress, which is great for your heart!

I love that last one. You can catch even more tips like these from Quaker Coach Bob Harper all through February at QuakerOats.com.

As part of its longstanding commitment to promoting heart health, Quaker supports the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement and is continuing to provide resources to help women better understand the easy steps they can take to help prevent heart disease. You can join the Go Red for Women movement too, and help spread the message. There’s no reason that eight million women living in the U.S. need to battle heart disease.

Let’s all take five minutes for our hearts to ensure long and healthy lives.

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