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Local nutritionist touts heart healthy diet during Pitt County Farm and Food Council meeting - WITN

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GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - If you got out to do some exercising today you would have done your heart some good because one in four deaths is caused by health disease every year.

Preventing heart disease was the message Wednesday night as the Pitt County Farm and Food Council and the Pitt County Health Department joined forces to educate residents about heart disease.

February is American Heart Month and one local nutritionist says a healthy heart starts with a healthy diet.

"Whole grains, fruits, vegetables all those things are gonna be healthy for our heart," said Robin Tant who directs the nutrition program at the Pitt County Health Department."

Tant says another way to keep your heart healthy is to take it easy on the salty foods which can increase your risk of high blood pressure. The American Heart Association says that 90% of Americans consume too much salt.

Heart disease like heart attacks is among the leading causes of death in the country. Health officials hope during the month of February you'll look for ways to eat with your heart in mind.

"Because we know that heart disease can start as early as birth," said Tant.

Tant says diet is only one part of the equation-- you also need to make sure you're getting regular exercise. She says the earlier you start, the better your chances of preventing heart disease later in life.

The American Heart Association recommends getting 150 minutes of exercise per week or 20 minutes a day.

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