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Eat Smart

It’s a fact. People who eat plants live longer.

Pack your plate with a rainbow of delicious vegetables and fruits. You’ll improve your heart health and increase your longevity. Eat until your 80% full rather than stuffed.

Make family dinners a priority. Families who eat together tend to eat healthier. Dinner is a great time to connect with each other.

If you want to be healthy and live longer, your diet is a good place to start. Here are heart smart options.

Vegetables – People who eat more vegetables and fruits live longer. Help yourself to asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, leeks, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, garlic and onions.

Fruits – Heart smart fruits include berries, kiwi, oranges, cantaloupe, pomegranate, peaches, papaya and avocado (yes, it’s a fruit.)

Grains – Whole grains lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Enjoy a cup of oats or brown rice. Barley, flaxseed and wheat are great choices too.

Beans – The children’s rhyme was right. Beans are good for your heart. Best bets are black beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans and lentils.

Fish – Seafood is the reel deal. Fatty types such as salmon, tuna, herring and sardines contain high amounts of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

EATING SMART is one of the best investments you can make in your health. Bon appetit.

Move Naturally

The word’s longest-lived people don’t run marathons. They walk. They walk to work, to the store, to school, to church and to friends’ homes.

Walking is the easiest way to get fit without exercising. Keep the car in the garage and lace up your walking shoes. Take your kids or dog along. They’ll love it! Walking will help you all feel better, look better and save you on gas money.

Making things a little inconvenient is a good first step. Take the stairs. Park farther from the entrance. Use a push mower instead of a riding mower. Walking is a great way to sneak physical activity into your day.

 

Connect Wholeheartedly

Social connections may add years to your life. Spend more time with your kids, your parents and your spouse or partner.

Cultivate a circle of supportive friends. Make new friends. Reconnect with old ones. Having a ton of Facebook friends doesn’t offer the same benefits. Turn off your computer and network in the real world.

Don’t go it alone. Connect with other people to live a longer, happier life.