Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Heart Smart

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Heart Smart

Article excerpt

Each year since 1963, Congress has requested that the president of the United States designate February as American Heart Month. Because cardiovascular disease is still America's No. 1 killer and because we're in an ongoing fight against it, President Bush once again will issue an official proclamation to turn attention to this disease. And once again, most Americans won't know the difference.

All of us should care about heart disease, but not all of us do. As with so many illnesses, we adopt an it-can't-happen-to-me attitude, and we act surprised when our cholesterol levels top 200. Or when our friends-active, youthful, athletic-have bypass surgeries or heart attacks. Thankfully we learn from our mistakes and those of others. We shift our attitudes from "can't happen to me" to "won't happen to me," and before we know it, the diet and exercise programs we adopted for better health and longevity have given us just that. Amazing.

Eric Boyle knows a thing or two about longevity, as you'll read in this months "Breakfast of Champions." At an age when most men are counting the years till retirement, this 56-year-old Floridian is more active than ever. A body builder and tennis pro, Boyle banks on a protein-rich vegetarian diet to get him into the winner's circle. Learn more about his and other athletes' heart-healthy habits in this article, and maybe you'll make them your own.

Hers is a name you might not know, but it's one you won't soon forget. The indomitable Crescent Dragonwagon, author of the bestselling cookbook Passionate Vegetarian and, like Boyle, a spirited 50-something, is this month's featured chef (see "From the Heart"). …

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