Help your heart in 2016

Dear Editor:
It’s that time again when we tend to hear discussions about New Year’s resolutions. Eating healthier, going to the gym, cutting back on sweets. Resolutions are passionately set, but as winter drags on, we slowly fall off the wagon. Suddenly the gym is less crowded and the lines for fast food are longer than ever.
Since March 21, 2014, we’ve collectively lost over 75 pounds by making a complete lifestyle change. With realistic goals and milestones, we have improved our diets and made exercise an everyday habit.
Instead of making resolutions this year, make intentions. When you intend to do something good for your body, it’s possible to fail. But unlike resolutions, you don’t have to wait until next year to start over! Intend to live healthier—you can restart at any time.
We’ve found that little changes can add up to big results. That’s why we live by the American Heart Association’s Life Simple 7 program. There are seven manageable improvements to your health that can make a big difference. Start by watching your blood sugar and reducing your sugar intake. To learn more about the program, visit
Our pledge is to inspire the world to lose 10 pounds.

Steve and Christian Estrellado
American Heart Association / American Stroke Association volunteers

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