It’s true—healthy lifestyle changes can be as effective as prescription medications, and without the costs and side effects. Breaking old, bad habits and establishing new, healthy ones is possible! This book shows you how to create your own safe, healthy, realistic lifestyle-change program. You’ll learn about the heart and heart disease and how the risk factors for heart disease can be impacted by your lifestyle choices. You’ll learn why you may want to make changes and how you can make those changes last. You’ll see the evidence behind specific recommendations and how to break it all down into everyday habits. You will learn simple and straightforward ways to:
• Manage stress and relax
• Sleep longer and better
• Form and improve relationships
• Enjoy healthy food
• Move more, more easily
• Live smarter
And more. In this book, there are 100 habits that will keep your heart—and the rest of your body, for that matter—healthy and happy.


“Healthy Habits for Your Heart may be the most important book you read this year. Dr. Tello has packed this useful guide with terrific advice to lower your blood pressure and keep your heart strong.”

Julie K. Silver, MD: Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School; Author of Before and After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger

“When it comes to preventing heart disease, many of us know the ‘what’: eat a healthy diet; don’t smoke; exercise; avoid stress. In Healthy Habits for Your Heart, Dr. Tello supplies the ‘why,’ and, most importantly, the ‘how.’ Packed with scientific evidence about preventing heart disease and tips for putting that knowledge into practice, this book gives readers the skills and confidence they need to change their lives. Dr. Tello writes with the authority of an experienced doctor, plus the warmth and wit of a friend and fellow traveler on the road to good health.”

Suzanne Koven, MD, MFA: Primary Care Physician and Writer in Residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

“This is a wonderful book on how to adopt healthy habits like regular exercise, a healthy diet, stress management, sleep, and social support. In addition, it addresses heart-harmful habits. It’s heartfelt, solid advice.”

Beth Frates, MD: Lifestyle Medicine Specialist; Clinical Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School

“In Healthy Habits for Your Heart, Dr. Tello provides a comprehensive approach to cardiac wellness with her easy-to-read and straightforward approach. This book will not only be a great resource for those seeking to improve their health to prevent heart disease but will also be helpful for physicians who, now more than ever, need effective strategies to share with their patients.”

Malissa J. Wood, MD, FACC, FASE: Codirector of Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“Monique Tello has provided the basic textbook for the care and feeding of your body 101. Easy to read and beautifully illustrated, her one hundred healthy habits could certainly save a life—maybe even yours.”

Lisa Sanders, MD: Author of the Diagnosis Column in The New York Times Magazine; Physician Consultant for a Documentary Series on Diagnosis to Be Released by Netflix in Summer 2019

“Dr. Tello has done remarkable work here, combining her profound medical knowledge with outstanding writing. Her book sets the next goal the field should aspire to—going from theory to practice—and Dr. Tello has made a significant contribution.”

Rani Polak, MD, MBA, Chef: Founding Director of the CHEF Coaching Program at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Research Associate at Harvard Medical School