Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 - 51Preventing heart disease is a three-tiered job that includes diet, exercise, and healthy lifestyle practices. All three impact the number one most important thing you can do to save your heart: maintain a healthy weight! Even a few extra pounds, if they are packed around the middle, will increase your heart-disease risk, while losing weight lowers blood cholesterol levels by up to 30 points or more, which equates to a 60% reduction in heart disease risk.

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