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Heart Smart

Heart Smart

Show your heart some love! February is American Heart Month, and to help you
understand how to take better care of your heart, the American Heart Association has put together a list of priorities known as "Life’s Simple 7". Following these seven lifestyle recommendations can significantly help lower your risk of developing heart disease:

  1. Get Active
  2. Count Cholesterol
  3. Eat Better
  4. Manage Blood Pressure
  5. Lose Weight
  6. Reduce Blood Sugar
  7. Stop Smoking

At BI-LO, we can help you protect your heart. Here is how:

Use BI-LO thrive! Nutritional Tags to find better foods
Confused when trying to read food labels? Never fear, we take the work out of it for you! Look for our Nutritional Tags, just below the price on shelf, that identify foods that are right for you. Here are some of the tags to choose for better heart health.

Heart Healthy – A low-fat, low saturated fat, low cholesterol food with less than 500mg of sodium per serving. Meals and main dishes contain 600mg of sodium or less.

Low Saturated Fat – Contains 1g or less of saturated fat per serving. Meals and main dishes contain 2g or less of saturated fat per serving.

Low Sodium – Contains less than 140mg of sodium per serving.


Blood sugar also contributes to heart health, so choose foods that help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. The Sensible Carbs Nutritional Tag can be a big help to find foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber and limited in sugars.

Sensible Carbs – Limited in sugars, contains no more than 35g of carbohydrates per serving and is made with whole grains or contains at least 2g of dietary fiber per serving.

Talk to your BI-LO pharmacist
Your pharmacist has many resources to help you better manage your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Your pharmacist is also knowledgeable of smoking cessation medications that your doctor may prescribe, and can assist in checking your blood pressure when you are at the pharmacy. And if you are taking heart medications, he/she can help you understand how and when to take them. So make sure to talk to your BI-LO pharmacists - they are here to help!

Learn more at
BI-LO thrive! is your free resource for all things related to health and wellness at BI-LO. This website is full of recipes, nutrition tips and fitness suggestions to help you get active and eat healthy at home.



Printed on August 21, 2014 at 8:06 am