February is not only for Valentine’s Day it is also American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. This disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

 Some tips to incorporate into your lifestyle to help your heart health:

  • Eat healthy fats
  • Get 8 hours of sleep
  • Practice good dental hygiene


There are many different heart healthy fats. However, many studies suggest nuts such as Walnuts Almonds, and macadamia nuts appear to be quite heart healthy. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they’re a great snack food-inexpensive easy to store and easy to pack when you’re on the go. On drawback is that they’re high in calories, so it’s important to limit portions.  Go ahead, snooze!

Sleep not only makes you feel better, but it’s importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more.  It is believed that Poor dental hygiene can lead to a range of health issues, Including heart complications.

You may be brushing and flossing, however if you’re not doing it correctly these bacteria can cause gum inflammation, which may lead to gingivitis and if left untreated periodontitis or periodontal disease. It’s not clear exactly how bacterium from the mouth causes atherosclerosis. One theory suggest that oral bacteria triggers the body’s inflammatory response to infection and causes blood cells to swell, which could narrow an artery and increase the risk of blood clots.

The NRWA Healthy Benefits program has an integrated wellness plan that allows you to assess your current health status while letting you set goals and make healthy choices. While participating in the program you can also lower your medical deductible.

Mike Keith Insurance has partnered with the NRWA and Lifestyle Health plans to bring you and your members an affordable solution to the ever rising cost of health care. Our team of health insurance experts has over 30 years of benefits experience and we are looking forward to being your healthcare advocates.

For additional information please visit http://healthybenefitsnrwa.com/

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