When many people set out to improve their heart health, they
focus primarily on diet and exercise. However, there are other
lifestyle factors that also affect heart health and must be
addressed. Stress, social isolation, and depression can all
contribute to heart disease.
A holistic view of heart health includes the emotional qualities
of the heart—love, friendship, and connection. Learn how you can
eat smart, move more and
be well to stay strong in your heart, body and
Eating foods with higher quality ingredients.
Embrace foods in their most natural state. Eat more fruits
Avoid foods high in sugars, refined oils, excess sodium,
artificial additives and preservatives.
Learn what to look for at the grocery store and restaurants.
Looking for ways to feel better and improve your health? Start by
focusing on things that bring you happiness. According to medical
professionals, feeling happy and having a purpose in life have
been shown to reduce risk for heart disease. However, fleeting
moments of happiness are not enough. Lowering your stress levels
with a positive outlook and relaxation techniques over time could
reduce your risk of heart problems.
Follow these three pathways to long-term contentment:
Engaging fully: Pursue activities that you can
totally immerse yourself in: art, gardening, walking, music, or
Feeling good: Surround yourself with people
and activities that bring you happiness and pleasure. Spend
time with family or friends that bring you joy.
Doing good: Search for meaning outside of
yourself. Participate in purposeful activities: volunteer, give back or teach.
Dale, a lifelong artist and learner who continues to immerse
himself in the world of art, embodies a heart-healthy approach to
wellness. Still painting and drawing, Dale shares his skill with
his community through generous donations of his time and
talent. Read his full story here.
Disclaimer: The information provided is for
educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended
to be a substitute for professional medical, financial, health,
social and environmental advice.