But your risk for heart problems can drop drastically with just a few simple changes to your lifestyle. In fact, according to the Lieutenant Governor's Association, you can lower your heart disease risk by as much as 60 percent by eating five servings of fruit a day; 70 percent with three servings of vegetables.
In an effort to help improve heart health in America, the Lieutenant Governor's Association is sponsoring the "Your Heart is In Your Hands" challenge -- a 12 week program emphasizing improvements in daily exercise and nutrition. At the end of the 12 weeks, you may be eligible for a medal based on your achievements.
Bronze MedalWatch the attached video to hear Arkansas' Lt. Gov. Mark Darr explain the program in more depth. You can also click here to visit the program's website.
--walk at a brisk pace for 30 minutes at least three days a week (or comparable exercise)
--eat three fruits and vegetables five days a week
--ride a stationary bicycle for 30 minutes at least four days a week (or comparable exercise)
--eat four fruits and vegetables five days a week
--walk at a brisk pace for 60 minutes at least four days a week (or comparable exercise)
--eat five fruits and vegetables at least five days a week.