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7 Simple Steps for a Healthy Life

February 10, 2010

I believe we are so fortunate to live at a time in history when we can take advantage of the best in medical science and all that has been gathered throughout time about natural health. There is so much that we can do for ourselves to keep ourselves healthy and work with our doctors for optimum physical health and longevity, which of course goes a long way toward boosting happiness too.

Healthy Live with Deanna KiddThe American Heart Association has just launched My Life Check and a campaign to help us do this. It’s called “Life’s Simple 7 – Seven simple steps to live better.” Here’s how they explain it:

My Life Check was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health by educating the public on how best to live. These measures have one unique thing in common: any person can make these changes, the steps are not expensive to take and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. This simple, seven step list has been developed to deliver on the hope we all have--to live a long, productive healthy life.

The seven simple steps are:

  1. Get Active
  2. Eat Better
  3. Lose Weight
  4. Stop Smoking
  5. Control Cholesterol
  6. Manage Blood Pressure
  7. Reduce Blood Sugar

It may look like a list of hurdles, but it can actually be fun! The first two can be translated to “Play More” and “Enjoy Gourmet Goodness”. And your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar can all improve just by starting with the first two steps. We’ll look at different ways to make these simple steps more fun and make heart health part of a recipe for a fuller, more enjoyable life!