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Doc from The Love Boat offers advice on Heart Health

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February 10th through the 15th, 2014 the Ruby Princess set sail to the Western Caribbean with the American Heart Association, and among the special speakers, Bernie Kopell, who played 'The Doc' on The Love Boat television series, offered some great advice about staying healthy. During the days of The Love Boat, Bernie was involved with the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart program. Mr. Kopell says that his involvement with Jump Rope for Heart was the beginning of his journey to take care of his body. Additionally, Kopell learned about how to eat in moderation, he said that it all had to do with "intake" and "exercise", and learning what are "working calories" and what are "non-working calories". Quite simply it's a matter of going easy on the desserts and the nachos. At 80 years old, Kopell plays tennis a couple times a week, and he tries to "get along with people he's not that crazy about". He went on to say that if you're "pissed most of the time...it's not healthy". Another nugget of advice is that if you just can't get along with certain people, it's best to avoid them.

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During this Valentine's day cruise aboard the Ruby Princess the American Heart Association was training cruise passengers and crew members how to save someone's life if they happen to have a heart attack, by using "hands only" CPR to the beat of "Staying Alive" which is the exact rhythm needed to keep someone's heart pumping until paramedics can arrive. When Bernie was asked if he learned something new on this cruise about using the rhythm from the song "Staying Alive", Kopell responded that "Staying alive is very valuable as opposed to not staying alive". Excellent advice from Adam Bricker, the "Doc" from The Love Boat television series.

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