Hotel Tips for a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

by R. Carnavale July 10th, 2012 | Heart Health, Prevention
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Maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle is important, especially when you’re traveling. Your choice of hotels is a key factor in having healthy heart. Before you book a hotel room, consider if any or all of these three heart-healthy amenities will be provided:

Healthy Meals

  • Does the hotel provide nutritious, tasty meal choice options for its guests? Consider brands like Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which offers Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, a new menu available upon request that caters to guests with heart and other health issues. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts for heart-healthy diets, and it is designed to contribute to guests’ well-being.
  • Does the hotel provide healthy snack choices? The Talbott Hotel, for instance, partnered with The Almond Board of California to provide heart-healthy almond snacks to the hotel’s guests during National Heart Health Month.
  • Will your hotel room have its own kitchen? That way, you can stock and prepare healthy snacks for yourself.

Exercise Facilities

  • Does the hotel have a workout facility? If not, find out if the hotel is affiliated with a local gym where you can get a day pass. Starwood Hotels & Resorts helps guests go green while they’re staying fit. Their hotel’s exercise facilities have pedal-powered generators on stationary bikes in its fitness centers that allow guests to generate electricity and charge their own personal electronic devices as they work out.
  • Does the hotel have a pool?
  • Does the hotel provide guests with cardiovascular equipment and yoga mats as a room service option?
  • Does the hotel have a personal trainer for guests?

Cardio Ready Program

  • Does the hotel have a Cardio Ready Program? Currently, fewer than 10 percent of US hotels have implemented a Cardio Ready program, which includes life-saving advanced defibrillator systems and staff training for using them. Research indicates that the chances of survival following sudden cardiac arrest increase from a mere 8% to 70% if a defibrillator is used within 3 minutes of the event.

One final note: In 2013, InterContinental Hotels, which owns the Holiday Inn chain, is opening a new hotel brand, called EVEN, that’s dedicated to fitness and health. EVEN’s 100+ locations will all offer exercise facilities, fitness classes, natural and fresh meal options, including free mini-smoothies in the morning, and rooms designed for workouts.

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