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Heart-healthy lifestyle changes can be highly effective in helping to lower and control high blood pressure. These lifestyle changes include heart healthy eating, being physically active, aiming for a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and managing stress. Practicing several of these healthy lifestyle habits increases likelihood of lowering and controlling blood pressure. Included here are recommendations and resources on these heart-healthy lifestyle changes. 


Best Practices









Behavioral Health and Substance Use


Additional Resources


  1. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  2. American Heart Association "Healthy Eating"
  3. American Heart Association "How Much Physical Activity do You Need?"
  4. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  5. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Journal
  6. American College of Sports Medicine


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