February: A Month Devoted to the Heart
Earlier in the month, “20/20” aired an interview with my wife, Debbie, and me regarding the longevity of our relationship — our 34-year marriage in the world of show business. It was our great opportunity to share what we have, how we built a strong foundation for our family on love, how we nurture our relationship and what helps us keep it all together.I also had the pleasure of appearing on the Dr. Phil show. I enjoyed getting to share some thought from my heart, including experiences from nearly five decades in show business, how I stay “forever young” and other important topics that are dear to me. But one thing that touched my heart the most, and something I’ll never forget, was a surprise visit from my idol: Stevie Wonder! What a great experience that was.
Yes, February is a month devoted to the heart. Not only because most of us celebrate Valentine’s Day, but because February is recognized, in the United States, as American Heart Month.
You might be interested to know that according to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. That amounts to about 2,200 deaths per day in the U.S., alone.
This number really hit me hard, because some of those closest to me, beloved family members, have been affected by heart disease and stroke. It’s just one of the reasons I’m a strong advocate for healthy living. This includes appropriate diet and exercise, along with taking appropriate supplements and vitamins to increase the potential for good health longevity.
Taking care of myself is a priority. I enjoy taking care of my body because this is the only one I get; I need to make sure it lasts a very long time! That’s why I go to the gym on a regular basis, I eat good foods and I take Protandim every day. These are just a few of the precautionary steps I take in order to continue living a healthy and active lifestyle, and that’s the key.
Last month we set goals for the year. One of mine was to maintain healthy living. I invite you to join me in remembering our resolutions. It can be as simple as getting up and being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day.
Let’s devote February to our hearts and our health. After all, “The greatest wealth is health.” (Virgil)