I'm from a large Native American family with 10 sisters and five brothers. Many of my relatives have risk factors for heart disease, including diabetes, high cholesterol, and being overweight. My own father died of heart disease. As we spoke before he died, my father asked me to take better care of my heart, especially through exercising more and living a healthy lifestyle.
I decided to make a commitment to exercise. Now I run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and I've recently started adding aerobics, stomach crunches, and weight lifting to my routine with the hopes of building up my endurance. I feel better these days. My stress level has decreased, and I'm able to do more things.
The Heart Truth means taking care of yourself and your heart—inside and out. It is a long-term commitment and goal to live a healthy life, one that is harmonious.