No one wants to think about, or talk about heart health. I sure don’t, but when the opportunity came along to help spread the word about Meta and their Heart 2 Heart initiative with Michael Strahan, it was actually my dad that groaned – not me. Thing is, we’ve both struggled with personal wellness over the years, primarily with one big one – weight. While we’re fortunately pretty healthy right now (knock on wood!), there’s no reason not to make a change for the better, and that’s where this all comes together.
A few weeks back, I had my annual wellness screening and physical, something required by my wife’s company. My blood pressure was good, my cholesterol and sugars were excellent (improved from last year), and that leaves my weight to work on, and that’s something that needs to be addressed through diet and exercise (you may have seen my “gym selfies” in the past). It’s all about lifestyle changes.
My dad has made changes over the years, he’s trimmed down (although nowhere near that 70s glory pictured up-top), but there’s always room for improvement. In addition to lifestyle changes, adding Metamucil and Meta Health Bars to the routine can help lower cholesterol to promote heart health † by adding psyllium fiber to your heart-healthy diet, and they can also assist in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels*
So how do you talk to a loved one about making some changes for the better? It can be a hard thing to do, and with that Michael Strahan has offered-up seven tips for getting the conversation started, alongside Meta’s new video featuring Michael and his dad.
Michael Strahan’s 7 Tips on How to Have a Heart 2 Heart Conversation with a Loved One:
- Go into the conversation with a purpose. Make a few notes beforehand to keep the conversation on track. It’s really easy to venture down a road that both you and your dad may not be completely comfortable discussing.
- Think about what you want to accomplish. If there’s an actionable goal that you want your dad to set, help him develop a plan to get it done.
- Watch your tone. People can become really sensitive when you sit them down and tell them about themselves. Make sure that you are approaching the conversation as objectively as possible.
- Set an example. Leading by example is always compelling, especially with parents. Holding yourself accountable will help you hold your dad accountable.
- Acknowledge that you hear him. Making small changes can be a big task and what your dad really needs is your support.
- Help him add more fiber to his diet. It’s scientifically proven that diets high in fiber can lower cholesterol and promote heart health†. Pick up some Meta and add it to smoothies or protein shakes for that extra boost to help ensure your fiber intake is met every day.
- Watch and share the #Heart2Heart video. I recently had to have a tough heart health conversation with my dad that could inspire your talk.
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†Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil and Meta Health Bars, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult serving of Metamucil Powder has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One Meta Health Bar and one serving of Metamucil Fiber capsules have at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.