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Food Blog: A New Year, A New Start to Your Day!

With the holidays in full swing, everyone has a lot on their plates. But as Christmas quickly turns into the New Year, there might be one more thing we all need to add to our plates: a heart healthy breakfast. It is the time of the year for making resolutions, after all. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about new beginnings. With New Year’s come fresh goals and plans to make 2012 even better than 2011. After Harboring Hearts started […]

Meditation: A Surprisingly Easy, Heart Healthy Way to Relax

From the original article: Co-authored by Nieri Avanessian I was a teenager when I was first introduced to the concept of meditation. At the time, as a typical teenager, I really didn’t get it, didn’t practice it much. Sports, school and friends took up most of my time and thoughts. But about 10 years ago I took meditation up in earnest, I am now a daily practitioner of transcendental meditation. Despite my hectic schedule, I always manage to carve out at […]

Peace in Leadership

From the original article: Friday, May 13, turned out to be one of the luckiest days of the year for me. I found myself at the Newark Peace Education Summit, learning from globally recognized figures about the importance of peace in achieving our dreams. The conference, which was organized by Mayor Cory A. Booker, Tibet House US, and the Drew A. Katz Foundation, was graced with the presence of leaders from all over the world.

Heart-Full Ways to Give

From the original article: The constant outpour of support we receive at Harboring Hearts truly touches us and makes our mission possible. In just two years since co-founding Harboring Hearts as a non-profit in 2009, we have seen contributions to the cause in many different forms: support has come from the donated time of friends, family, and volunteers, and the advisory expertise and pro bono services from the corporate world. And, of course, financial support always plays a major role.

When Hope Runs Short, a Season That Gives Life

From the original article: April is a month that can bring new meaning to the word hope, whether you’re looking for respite from a long, harsh winter or a candidate on the transplant waiting list. As it’s often seen as a time for renewal, it’s fitting that April is National Donate Life Month, a time to recognize new life that can be made possible through organ and tissue donation. It’s a month that has special meaning for many in the Harboring […]

A Heartfelt Month

From the original article: Happy Valentine’s Day from Harboring Hearts! February is National Heart Month, and perhaps that was perfectly (or coincidentally) timed during a month that can bring a tangible form and discussion to so many of the invisible aspects of the heart: from heart-health awareness, to advocacy for cardiac-disease prevention, and to expressions of love and emotion that are driven by our hearts.

Heart-Healthy Organizations Can Help Foodies During the Holidays

From the original article: One of the most difficult times of the years for everyone — when it comes to our diets — is also perhaps one of the happiest times of year: the holidays. Somewhere in the mix, we each must decide when, how much, and if at all we are going to reach for that caramel-covered treat, chocolate-dipped delight, or calorie-filled fritter.

A Heart to Harboring Heart Introduction

From the original article: With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is hard to forget how difficult this holiday can be for heart patients and their families. For much of 2006 through 2008, Yuki Kotani and I spent more time in hospital rooms than in our own bedrooms; including holidays. Our fathers were both receiving heart transplants at New York Presbyterian Hospital and although mutual friends did not introduce us until 2008, we could immediately relate to each other’s experiences alongside our […]