February is heart health month, so it's the perfect time to remind ourselves of the love and care our hearts need. Taking care of your heart should be a priority, as in Canada more women and men die from heart-related causes than anything else. OK, so that's the bad news. Do you want to hear the good news? According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease is totally preventable. [caption id="attachment_2443" align="aligncenter" width="280" caption="Did you know heart disease is preventable? Follow these eight steps to protect your heart from heart disease."] [/caption] Here are eight ways to boost your heart health and help prevent heart disease: 1. If you're a smoker, it's time to quit. If you aren't, don't start, and limit your exposure to second hand smoke. 2. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This could mean waking up 30 minutes early to go on a walk, taking up a sport or walking up your office building's stairs a few times a day. 3. Fatty fish, nuts, whole grains and fruits and veggies are all foods that will help lower your blood pressure. Controlling your blood pressure is imperative to a healthy heart. 4. Boost your heart health by maintaining a healthy diet. It's pretty simply, really, all you have to do is eat a diet high in fibre, can your five to seven a day of fruits and vegetables, and reduce your intake of processed foods and foods that are high in sodium. 5. Reaching your ideal weight will also help protect your heart, and if you've implemented step two and four, your ideal weight will be right behind you! 6. Stop the binge drinking. Reducing your alcohol intake will boost your heart health in no time. 7. It's time to get your stress levels under control. Take up yoga (checking step two off your list), get a good night's sleep, limit work overtime and make it a point to clear your schedule for much needed down time are all things that will help reduce your stress levels. 8. Keep your overall health in check by remembering to visit your doctor regularly. How do you keep your heart healthy?