Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

Being happy and fulfilled emotionally impacts your health in so many ways. Family, faith, charity, community – they all help to relieve stress and have been shown to reduce blood pressure.

Strengthening Family Ties

Remember, you are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy habits for life. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time! READ MORE about how you can be a healthy role model for your kids.

Stress and Blood Pressure

In today’s fast-paced world filled with increasing demands, it’s important to manage your stress level. Some people cope with stress by overeating or eating unhealthy foods, drinking and other activities that raise their risk for heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.
Stress definitely affects our bodies. In addition to the emotional discomfort we feel when faced with a stressful situation, our bodies react by releasing stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) into the blood. These hormones prepare the body for the “fight or flight response” by making the heart beat faster and constricting blood vessels to get more blood to the core of the body instead of the extremities. Chronic (constant) stress causes our bodies to go into high gear on and off for days or weeks at a time, which can lead to severe long-term consequences.
Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.

Stories from the Heart

Gospel Singer’s New Tune Praises Importance of Being Heart Healthy

After a heart attack at age 45, gospel singer LaJaye’ Britt cherishes time with his family, including his four children. And, he delights in bringing music – and a heart healthy message – to the world. He started walking daily and eating healthier. He’s lost nearly 50 pounds by avoiding salt, pork, sodas and fried foods and eats fresh, green vegetables, an effort his wife encourages by cooking this way for the entire household. “I try to do as much as I can. God kept me here for a reason,” Britt said, adding “My passion to help others.”  READ MORE