Close Relationships Boost Heart Health

Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals when we join forces with others. NHLBI launched the #OurHearts movement to inspire us to protect and strengthen our hearts with the support of others. 

Here are some facts, how-to tips, and resources to inspire you to join with others to improve your heart health.  

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Health problems that increase the risk of heart disease are common in African American communities, including being overweight and having high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. Having multiple risk factors increases your risk for heart disease. 

Why Connecting is Good for Your Heart

Feeling connected with others and having positive, close relationships benefit our overall health, including our blood pressure and weight. Having people in our lives who motivate and care for us helps, as do feelings of closeness and companionship.

Follow these lifestyle tips with those you care about and you’ll all be heart healthier for it:  

  • Be more physically active. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a nutritious diet. 
  • Quit smoking.
  • Decrease your stress.
  • Get enough quality sleep.
  • Track your heart health stats. 

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