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Love your Heart 

February FOCUS

A couple of key things to think about this month are SALT and POTASSIUM -- key ingredients that determine just how heart-healthy you can be.

Salt, is not just found in a shaker, but also in cheesy foods like pizza, cured meats (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, deli favorites) and ready-to-eat foods like canned chili, ravioli and soup.  If you want to shake up your heart health (in a good way), try to limit your salt.

Potassium, on the other hand, is a positive addition to your heart-healthy diet.  Choosing foods like potatoes, greens, beets, OJ, milk, yogurt, white fish and bananas will assist in lowering your blood pressure -- and increasing your energy level.


Debbie Kelly lives an adventurous life working as a Delta Airlines International Flight Attendant — traveling often to Rome, Paris and other beautiful locations around the world.

Debbie has been a member of the Riverfront YMCA since 1997 and says the Y has helped her have more strength and energy to do her job well.

“The Y has a huge impact in every area of my life,” said Debbie.

Whenever Debbie is home, she spends hours in the Wellness Center utilizing the cardio equipment, weight machines and floor exercise space.

“I like the interaction with people of all ages and I’ve developed friendships here that will last a lifetime,” Debbie continued. “The Y is a place I can come relax and enjoy. It’s a good stress reliever.”

At age 59, Debbie has exceptional blood pressure, is keeping herself healthy and has a positive outlook on life — all of which she attributes to the Y.

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