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Staying Heart Healthy in Norwalk is Easy! 4 Top Tips

August 12, 2013

In some towns, you may struggle to find restaurants serving heart healthy entrees or drive out of town to find a great park or recreation center. Luckily for you, Norwalk is full of great places to eat while staying on track with a heart healthy diet and places to stay active while working toward wellness goals.

The cardiologists of North Ohio Heart’s Norwalk office have compiled their favorite places in the area to eat and play while remaining healthy:

  • Ernsthausen Recreation Center:  This large facility has pools (both indoor and outdoor), cardio machines, weight lifting areas, fitness classrooms and even parks. The rec center is perfect for citizens of all ages, from the “Bubbles” swim class starting at 6 months old to “Silver Sneakers” for seniors. Cardiac patients in particular will benefit from water aerobics classes. The movements are not strenuous yet provide quality exercise to improve physical health. No matter your age, you are sure to find a way to stay active and have fun at the Ernsthausen Recreation center.
  • Mill Street Bistro Bar:  This restaurant is perfect for staying healthy on date night.  The Bistro serves seafood, local vegetables and aged Beef, Elk, and Buffalo—all locally farmed. The key to eating healthy here is to ask your server to keep the salt added to your entrée to a minimum and ask for any sauces or salad dressings on the side.
  • Berry’s: Located in downtown Norwalk, Berry’shas a wide variety of great food on its menu. Not all of it may fit into your dietary guidelines, but the great thing about Berry’s is the expansive section of salads offered. They include:
    • The San Francisco Salad
    • The Southwest Chicken Salad
    • The Crab Louis Salad
    • The Salmon Raspberry Salad
    • The Walnut Mandarin Chicken Salad
    • The Hawaiian Chicken Salad
    • Ruby’s Blackened Chicken Salad

    If you aren’t in a salad mood and would rather have a more hearty dinner, order the Chicken Florentine (grilled chicken breast topped with spinach and low fat mozzarella cheese) or the Gardenburger (1/4 lb. vegetable burger with grilled tomato, portabella mushroom and mozzarella cheese). All are sure to keep your taste buds satisfied while not straying from your diet.

Local Parks: Norwalk is home to many great parks where you can go to walk, run, ride or play. Take the kids out for a day at the playground or gather some friends for a game of tennis, baseball, basketball or sand volleyball!

Here are just a few of the great parks:

  • Stoutenburg Park: Located at 61 Norwood Avenue, this park has basketball courts, benches and a playground.
  • Veteran's Memorial Lake Park: Located at 205 South Old State Road, this gem has benches, a boat dock, disc golf, a fishing pier, a playground, restrooms, shelter houses, skate boarding and a walking trail.
  • Lion's Park: Located at Gallup Avenue, Lion’s Park has a ball field, a flag football field, two sand volleyball courts, a soccer field and a shelter house.
  • Baines Park: Located at 440 Austin Shadle Road, this park has three ball fields, batting cages, concession stands, playground, restrooms and a shelter house.

As you can see, there are tons of great places to get out and stay active with your friends and family during the day and lots of great places to eat healthy at night. Take advantage of living in such a great city this summer and check out some of these exciting locations!

Effective Aug. 6, 2013, NOH Norwalk physicians will be practicing at their new, convenient Norwalk location:

278 Benedict Ave.
FTMC Medical Park 3, Suite 600

Norwalk, Ohio 44857
419-660-2756

To discover more reasons to choose NOH Norwalk for your cardiology needs, visit the NOH|OMG YouTube channel.