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Taking Action from the Heart

February 13, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Taking Action from the Heart

If you haven't heard, February is Heart Month! In addition, we celebrate a day dedicated to love and happiness tomorrow....Valentine's Day!

This being said, there's no better time to take stock of your current heart health and the heart health of your family, friends and loved ones! The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation ( have some great resources to assist you in assessing your current heart health and improving upon it!

Research has clearly shown that physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and stress reduction work together to significantly improve heart health! I would like to challenge you to critically examine each of these aspects of your life and identify which area needs improvement. Once you have identified the areas that require improvement it's essential to take action!

When taking action, the most successful people fast track their results by:

  • NOT reinventing the wheel (e.g. use tried tested and true strategies)
  • Gaining professional advice from experts, guides and mentors. The Healthy Families BC, Prescription for Health and Lifestyle Support Services are all amazing resources!
  • Surrounding themselves with positive influences which allow them to be called to a higher level
  • One of my favourite Quotes: "A person is a direct reflection of the expectations of their peer group." (Anthony Robbins)

PS. Check out the dietitian's blogs for some great advice on how to improve heart health in addition to learning some of the early warning signs of cardiovascular disease that could arise in the bedroom (e.g. erectile dysfunction).

Remember: Keep Positive, Keep Smiling and KEEP MOVING!

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Posted on Monday February 13, 2012 a 5:15pm

Yeah I have healthy eating down. I like to cook. It's the smoking that I have to think about not doing. It's a social thing for me especially when it comes to my music.

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Posted on Tuesday February 14, 2012 a 2:52pm

Dear Rockstar,

A couple points and resources to assist you:

1. Way to go! Quitting smoking is one of the best things we can do for our health provided we are physically active and eating a well balanced diet. Its also important to note that no great accomplishments have ever been made without a significant degree of personal sacrifice, hard work and dedication, a consistent positive attitude no matter what and an action plan!

2. The Healthy Families BC, Prescription for Health, Lifestyle Support Service QuitNow! is there to assist you in making your goal a reality by providing you with information and resources designed to help you generate a positive action plan and help you stick to it. Here is the info you need: QuitNow Services tobacco cessation and information resources. Call 1-877-455-2233 or visit This program is awesome as it has many valuable resources (online, telephone, and or mobile txt message) designed to assist individuals in kicking the habit.

3. The BC Smoking Cessation Program is also a very valuable resource. I would encourage you to browse the QuitNow resources first. Nevertheless, this program helps you stop smoking or using other tobacco products by helping you with the cost of smoking cessation aids. all the info you need is here:

I truly hope this helps and keep up the great work!

Remember: Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!



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