Heart Healthy Books

Throughout February, the Stillwater Public Library is highlighting Heart Health through its five month series, “Simple Steps to Better Health.” Participants have started taking their own five steps a month by attending health classes taught by medical professionals, healthy cooking classes, Tai Chi and more.

One topic has been mentioned again and again while we have been registering participants for the program: community members do not feel they have enough time to properly attend to their health. Taking classes, reading health information, exercising and completing other healthful activities does take time, but it is certainly time well spent. Whether it is exercising while you are watching television or cooking large batches of healthy meals at one time to eat throughout the week, there are many ways that you can better fit healthful choices into your busy schedule.

One time saving option is to check out and download health-related books from the library’s online eBook and eAudio service called Oklahoma Virtual Library. Anyone with a library card can borrow this content for free. Check out some of these great eBooks related to Heart Health:

  • American Heart Association’s Healthy Family Meals: 150 Recipes Everyone Will Love. This cookbook helps busy families solve the problem of how to get a nutritious meal on the table without much time. The recipes for everyday dinners, plan-ahead meals and super quick last minute menus will help your family reduce the number of times that you have to turn to a drive-through because of limited time.
  • The Longevity Kitchen by Rebecca Katz. Katz’s book, with over 120 recipes, showcases meals that incorporate 16 main antioxidant rich foods, including asparagus, basil, coffee, dark chocolate, kale, olive oil, sweet potatoes and salmon. The recipes include explanations on how the ingredients improve the performance of systems in your body, including those that lower cholesterol and strengthen the heart.
  • The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. This cookbook is an update on the popular eating style that reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Over 250 recipes provide options for flavorful, easy to prepare dishes that focus on fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, fish, lean meats and healthy oils.
  • The End of Heart Disease: the Eat to Live Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Joel Fuhrman. Fuhrman, an expert on preventative medicine, provides a science-based nutrition plan to prevent and reverse heart disease. His plan includes foods to remove from your diet and what to add for optimum heart health. The book also has menu plans and recipes for heart-healthy meals and snacks.
  • The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Amit Sood. The author, a Mayo Clinic specialist in stress and resiliency, explains how the mind's instinctive restlessness and shortsightedness generate stress and anxiety. The book presents strategies for living a more peaceful life and is based on the stress management program offered at Mayo Clinic.
  • For more eBook or hardcopy resources, ask your librarian at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or call (405) 372-3633 x8106. Let our library services help you make the time to for better health.

“Simple Steps to Better Health” is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Program partners include Payne County Health Department, Payne County OSU Extension, Payne County TSET Healthy Living Program and Stillwater Medical Center.