World Heart Day is observed annually Sept. 29 to raise awareness about cardiovascular health and prevention of strokes.

The day was created by the World Heart Federation and World Health Organization in 1999 and was first observed the following year. Taking care of the heart has become even more important now due to the coronavirus pandemic as studies have shown a link between COVID-19 and cardiovascular diseases. The best way to keep the heart strong and prevent stroke is by eating healthy, staying active and quitting smoking.

Here are a few inspirational quotes to spread awareness and promote healthy living, courtesy Brainy Quotes –

  • "The medical literature tells us that the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and many more problems are through healthy diet and exercise. Our bodies have evolved to move, yet we now use the energy in oil instead of muscles to do our work." -- David Suzuki
  • "I'm still not comfortable recommending that people eat saturated fat with abandon, but it's clear to me that sugar, flour and oxidized seed oils create inflammatory effects in the body that almost certainly bear most of the responsibility for elevating heart disease risk." -- Andrew Weil
  • "Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery." -- Dean Ornish
  • "I really do believe that America has this weight problem - obesity issues - and we have all these diseases that we get - heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases - that are primarily lifestyle diseases." -- John Mackey
  • "Obesity in children is growing out of control. A big part of this is economic. Fake foods are more affordable. It's enticing people to eat more because they think they're saving money when they're really just buying heart disease." -- Jillian Michaels
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