Healthy Heart, Healthy Life

Healthy Heart, Healthy Life
By: Aimee Hetzel

Imagine what life would be like without needing a healthy heart. One would not need to worry constantly about what enters their mouth, exercising each day, and taking vitamins. If one could live without a healthy heart, there would be less stress in the world. Unfortunately, this is something that will never happen. In order to live a healthy life one must first have a healthy heart. Heart health is one of the most important things to me. Without maintaining a healthy heart, one cannot maintain a healthy life.
My great grandfather, grandfather, and father have all had heart problems/concerns. My great grandfather died of a heart attack, as did my grandfather. My mother’s mom had heart disease, as well as her mother. There is a family history of poor heart health. My mother is the only one in my family who has not had any problems with her heart health. My father has suffered from a number of heart attacks throughout his life. It is my job to make sure my mother maintains her healthy heart and my father works to strengthen his.
The importance of heart health is one topic that is very dear to my heart. Based on my family history, I do all I can to make sure I am living a life that will benefit my heart. It is my responsibility to make sure I do not get lazy and pick up bad habits that will hinder my healthy heart. Exercise is something that keeps me on the right track. I exercise for thirty minutes a day five days a week. Being able to sweat out my stress, worries, anxiety, etc. creates a healthy heart. I believe exercising contributes to my positive heart health.

In order to maintain a healthy heart, I focus on eating healthy. In my past, I have been exposed to very unhealthy eating. I would watch family members eat unhealthy and then see how their heart handled it after so many years. After seeing the effects I made a decision to eat a healthier diet not only for myself, but also for my family. Once my mother and father noticed me eating healthier they began to pick up the habit and changed their diet as well. My father’s heart problems have become less severe and I believe it is do to the change in his diet.

The importance of heart health is not only important for you and your family, but also for your community. If you are a part of your community then they depend on you. One must keep themselves healthy for your community members. Not only does your family depend on you, but so does the environment in which you live. If you start telling the community that you have changed your diet and your heart problems lessened then that will get them thinking and could ultimately lead to a change in others diets as well. One could be the reason other’s are getting healthier.

The importance of heart health has impacted me my whole life. Having a family with constant heart health problems makes one aware of his/her own habits and lifestyle. It is my goal to create awareness for others in order to help them with their personal heart health. I am very passionate about this subject and strive to maintain a healthy heart. Without maintaining a healthy heart, one cannot maintain a healthy life.