BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – February is heart health month, and with cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death in the United States it’s important to keep up with heart-healthy eating.

A healthy diet and lifestyle are the keys to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think, registered dietician Ellen McKnight Hill with The Maxine firm says it can be as simple as making easy substitutions.

Hill suggests eating an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes:

Visit American Heart Association and for more dietary tips.