WTVM 2/8/13 Editorial: Be heart-healthy this February - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 2/8/13 Editorial: Be heart-healthy this February

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With Valentine's Day almost here, it's time to talk about matters of the heart.

February is National Heart Health Month and a new study reveals people in the Deep South have diets that get them in trouble.

Researchers found people who consume a lot of fried foods and drinks like sweet tea and soda were 41 percent more likely to suffer a stroke.

Meantime, sugary drinks are being limited in New York City.

Some people are even talking about a ban altogether on soft drinks, while the USDA wants to get rid of candy bars and other high-salt, high-calorie snacks in the vending machines of your child's school.

Being healthy and making us aware of risks in our diet is good.

In America, you have the freedom to eat whatever you want, but yes, there are consequences.

Foods that are bad for you could put on the weight and maybe even end your life sooner.

Scientists doing the study say they don't want to take your fried chicken away, but advise you not to eat the greasy stuff every day.

Moderation is good advice; take care of your body so you will have many more Valentine's Days to say I love you.

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