Study: Loving relationships can help influence heart healthy habits

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 14, 2020 08:09 PM
Created: February 14, 2020 06:13 PM

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and getting plenty of exercise all reduce your risk. However, a new survey shows a loving relationship may play a role too.

A Cleveland Clinic survey found more than 70 percent of Americans in committed relationships say their partner encourages heart healthy habits.


Sixty-seven percent report cooking healthy dinners together and almost half exercise with each other.

However, the flip side is also true - about two-in-three people admit their partner enables unhealthy habits as well.

"We can influence each other, but in both good and bad ways. So, I think really carving out that relationship with someone that you can call them out of there if they're pigging out on that bag of chips and drag them off the couch," said Dr. Christine Jellis, with Cleveland Clinic.

Americans are also looking for motivation. More than half wish their significant other encouraged a heart healthy lifestyle.

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