Ustaz Abubeker and Ustaz Seid have a heart-to-heart interview. To mark Heart Health Month, many others wore crimson gowns on National Wear Red Day and ate flavonol-rich chocolate on Valentine’s Day throughout February. The basics of a heart-healthy lifestyle are well-known: eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, aim for enough dietary fiber intake, exercise regularly, quit smoking if you smoke, drink responsibly, and keep a healthy body weight. Understanding, on the other hand, does not always indicate action. If you know someone who needs a little encouragement to start living a healthy lifestyle, now is the time to sit down with them and remind them of what they need to do and why they need to do it. It may be your husband who needs a little extra push to exercise a few times a week, or the mother of one of your children’s best friends who isn’t taking care of herself and wants to set a better example for her children. To these fantastic conversation starters, I would add that you should be prepared with specific and realistic changes your loved one may do to improve their heart health. Keep in mind that these changes will not happen overnight, and you will have to work hard to attain them. Small changes should be made, such as reducing portion sizes, adding an extra vegetable serving to the lunch plate, and gradually increasing fiber consumption.
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