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Study: Most Americans Don't Meet the 7 Criteria for Heart Health

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Less than two percent of Americans meet the seven criteria for a healthy heart, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The 22-year study analyzed nearly 45,000 adults and evaluated them on criteria including smoking habits, physical activity, weight, diet, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels.

“Seven factors may seem like a lot to control, but many of them are related so it’s not as big of a challenge to maintain good heart health as many might think,” says Amanda Carlson-Phillips, vice president of nutrition and research at Core Performance. “If more Americans start to incorporate red foods that support circulatory health, like cherries, strawberries, beets and tomatoes, they’ll not only start following a more healthful diet, but they’ll also start to reduce their risk for high blood pressure and high blood sugar.”

Read more about the study here >

Tags: Health