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Growing Healthy Communities: Reasons To Reduce Heart Risk

Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, and for men and women in the United States. This means that many of us in Arkansas could be at risk.

So how can we reduce our risk of heart disease? First, know the medical conditions and behaviors that increase risk of heart disease including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of engagement in physical activity, diabetes, alcohol consumption, and unhealthy eating habits.

The American Heart Association says everyone has a reason to live a healthier, longer life. So, what’s yours? Maybe it’s your family, maybe it's your friends. Let your reason motivate you to engage in health promoting behaviors.

You can find healthful resources including recipes and tips to living a healthier life at lifeiswhy.org.

Dr. Janea Snyder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) in Health Education and Promotion for the School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she majored in Health Studies. Both her undergraduate and master's degrees were conferred at UA Little Rock. Dr. Snyder hosts Community Development Minute on KUAR, a one-minute educational program, which highlights the work of Community Development organizations like the University District Development Corporation (UDDC), which supports the UA Little Rock neighboring communities. She serves on the board of the UDDC.