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HHS HealthBeat (July 17, 2013)

Simple plan, better man

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Keep Your Heart Healthy

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Nearly 1 in 4 African-American men will die of heart disease. Almost half of African-American men have high blood pressure. The stats go on. Minority men face health challenges; challenges they can tackle with simple changes, though.

Dr. J. Nadine Gracia is HHS’ deputy assistant secretary for minority health.

“Simple steps, like eating healthier options—more fruits and veggies—limiting alcohol intake and getting more exercise all contribute to having a healthy lifestyle.”

All men should get at least 30 minutes of moderate-to-intense exercise a day.

“When you pair exercises that help elevate your heart rate with at least two activities to help strengthen your muscles, you’re getting closer to good health and avoiding the top diseases that have sidelined so many men too early in life.”

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: July 16, 2013