Turn It On

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“Everyone needs to find the inspiration and motivation that can flip the switch that will lead to the heart healthier life that we deserve. The thing is that you have to reach for the switch and flip it yourself. Others may inspire and motivate you, but you have to make the first move. I say, Turn It On” - Keith … [Read more...]

A Hard Day Will Pass

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“Unfortunately, I know first hand what its like to have heart disease and open-heart surgery as a result of not taking care of myself.  It can be a hard and challenging journey for many of us to a healthier life.  The one thing I've learned is that the hard days last as long as we allow them to last.  We can change our habits and make the right decisions on activity and nutrition.” - Keith … [Read more...]

Something to Think About

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“Why should you be doing something to improve your heart health?  I want you to think about what's in it for you?  Ask yourself this.  What one thing would you like to do or feel that you can't do now or haven't felt in years?” – Keith … [Read more...]

Anniversary

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“August 23, 2007, is the day I had my open-heart surgery. I remember as if it were yesterday. I would imagine all survivors could relate to how I feel. I’m more alive today than I’ve ever been. I’ve lost over 200 pounds (without surgery) and feel great. I exercise and try to eat heart healthy everyday. Each day presents new challenges and obstacles but I do my best. Everyday is the greatest day of … [Read more...]

A Day at a Time

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“Tomorrow's a new day as is the next.  We decide how that day will go by our actions.  Plan ahead the night before.  Think Heart Health for the day and keep it in your mind.  Use little reminders such as notes to yourself to help keep you on track.  Make the right decisions and the momentum builds 1 minute, 1 hour, and 1 day at a time.  Make it your day:)” - Keith … [Read more...]

Now, Today, Tomorrow and Next Week

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“For many people their first Heart Attack or Stroke is their last. Sad … but true. Education, Awareness and Prevention are the tools we have to combat the deadly and often preventable diseases that cause heart attack and stroke.  Do something now; today, tomorrow and next week to positively impact your own life.  It’s a gift you will cherish forever.” - Keith … [Read more...]

Sticking To It

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“If losing weight were so simple, there would be no obesity epidemic. There are no quick fixes and fads don’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried most them. The fact is that losing weight is very difficult for most of us. It’s hard but the rewards of shedding the excess pounds (even a few) have unparalleled health benefits. The best diet or fitness program is the one that you’ll do and stick with that is … [Read more...]

Stressed Out?

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“Stress is certainly a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Reducing stress may be as beneficial as exercise and diet in preventing these diseases. Exercise, even short walks, and getting enough sleep may dramatically reduce stress in your life.” - Keith … [Read more...]

The Good Fight

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I HATE Heart Disease! - Keith … [Read more...]

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (live @ kcrw)

This song makes me feel great:) I love the lyrics "Home is wherever I'm with you." Did it put a smile on your face? - Keith … [Read more...]

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