A Chat with a Centenarian

Margaret at 100 years old.

Margaret at 100 years old.

Margaret Balkman on living through 100 years

If you want to know the keys to a healthy, happy, long life, Margaret Balkman can tell you in three words: faith, family, and humor. She also notes that her zest for life has always been fueled by fostering creativity, doing good for others, loving children, and being physically active, as well. Looking upon her 100th birthday, she declares that she has absolutely nothing to complain about. “Well, unless you want me to start, I could think of a few things…” she chuckles. She feels honored to have experienced all these years.

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Make Your Heart Happy This Month

1 Easy Meal, 5 Heart-Healthy Superfoods

heart health diet

photo credit: healthworksfitness.com

Your heart. Your ticker. The hub of your cardiovascular system. It’s pretty important, right? So important, in fact, that it has its own month. ‘American Heart Month’ is sponsored by the American Heart Association and observed annually in the United States during the month of February. You need to take care of that precious organ, and here’s why: The CDC reports that heart disease is the #1 cause of death for both men and women. Approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the US every year, which comes out to 1 in every 4 deaths.

We know that getting your blood flowing regularly with cardiovascular exercise is one way to keep your heart healthy. Another fantastic way to do your heart a favor is to dish up heart-healthy foods.

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