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Heart Healthy and Nutrition Tips

Click here to view our Heart Healthy video!

Matt Atkinson, RN discusses ways to keep your heart healthy.


Wear Red
- February is National Heart Month

Discover your heart health risk by using the HBP Health Risk Calculator

What is heart disease?
Heart disease - also called cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease - is a simple term used to describe several problems related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. As the plaque builds up, the arteries narrow, making it more difficult for blood to flow and creating a risk for heart attack or stroke.

Other types of heart disease include heart failure, an irregular heartbeat - or arrhythmia - and heart valve problems. To learn more about heart disease and conditions that can lead to heart disease, heart attack or stroke, click here to browse any of the cardiovascular conditions.

Watch our interactive heart failure signs and symptoms animation.


Wear Green
- March is National Nutrition Month

Jump start your health and start tracking your diet and physical activity with the SuperTracker

Healthy Eating Tips

Your food and physical activity choices each day affect your health - how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.

These tips and ideas are a starting point. You will find a wealth of suggestions here that can help you get started toward a healthy diet. Choose a change that you can make today, and move toward a healthier you.


Feel free to stop by Health Services to pick up educational information and show your support by educating others and wearing a ribbon to correspond with the appropriate awareness month. Ribbons are available at WKUHS.

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