Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual for the Filipino Community

Session 8 Handout Lola's Life Lessons

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One of my favorite proverbs is: “Ang mabigat ay gumagaan, kung pinatutulngan.” Translation: “A heavy burden is lightened if everyone participates in carrying it.”

The journey to heart health has many challenges. But it is much easier if your family and friends support you. When I first started changing my eating habits, it was hard to go to parties and gatherings. The parties always have delicious dishes on the table, but the sauces are usually high in fat and sodium. In the beginning, I would taste everything on the table because I did not want to offend the host. Sometimes, I would try to go to the gatherings after dinner was served, because it made it easier to say no.

Eventually, I learned to eat smaller portions of my favorite foods. It is a lot easier now that my family has joined me on the journey to heart health. We bring low-fat, low-sodium dishes to share at potluck dinners. At parties, we remind each other to eat well-balanced meals. But I am most proud of my grandchildren, who are following their parents’ example by making smart, healthy food choices each day.

A Time To Reflect

What changes has your family made in order to become heart healthy? What new changes can you make to support your family’s journey to heart health?

Write down your thoughts for this week’s session.

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Information on this page is taken from the English print version of “Healthy Heart, Healthy Family: A Community Health Worker's Manual.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NIH Publication No. 08-3674, Originally Printed 1999, Revised May 2008.




Last Updated March 2012




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