Your Heart in the Right Place?

go_redThere are so many great initiatives tied to National Heart Month. I love the diversity in audiences some of the organizations address, such as Go Red for Women and Power to End Stroke, a joint effort between the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The resources and tools to prevent heart attacks and heart disease are almost endless. Let’s look at those tools and resources that will help you determine if your heart is healthy.

Power to End Stroke Tools

Is your heart in the right place? If not, then you would do well by you and your loved ones to (1) receive clinical assessment (2) know your family’s heart health history (3) make lifestyle changes and (4) show some love to yourself and take great care of the one thing that keeps you going – your precious heart.

February is National Heart Month: Is From My Mother’s Heart to Yours: 5 Tips to Rethinking Wellness

18736297_sMoms, it is too easy to desire healthy lifestyles for our children yet even harder to remain consistent in promoting those desires. Here are a few tips that I hope will help you in instilling healthy lifestyle choices in your children.

  1. Forget “Do what I say and not what I do” when trying to get children to eat well and live well. Home wellness begins with you and what you do. If you make eating well and exercising look like fun, then they will adapt the same good attitude. Children mimic what they see and hear.

  2. Treats are a privilege. Most of us growing up received sugary treats as a part of ritual like Sunday dinner desserts or the occasional candy bar. These days, treats are used as rewards and sometimes given to kids just because. In truth, treats are a privilege that children living in poverty or in third world countries with a lack of food resources will never know. Treats bear little to no nutritional value beyond fresh fruit.

  3. I am a nurse who has seen one too many child burdened by diseases exacerbated by horrible diets. Children with great diets and who have diseases like Sickle Cell or diabetes have great survival rates and even the habits they need to take into a healthy adulthood. Poor food choices affect the effectiveness of medications. Change those diets and tell your sick child “I want you to live and live well.”

  4. Exercise is not complicated activity. If you are not sports-oriented or interested in calisthenics, then it’s okay because there are activities that are simpler: Like walking. Don’t always park near an entrance of a mall or store, park far away to get in some extra walking. Dance too. Put on some kid-friendly music and wiggle with them for an hour (30 minutes even) per week. The point is find the one thing that YOU like and commit to.

  5. Wellness is not simply eating well and exercising. It is about thinking well and positively. It is about creating a lifestyle that has long-lasting results.

We’ve seen enough examples in our own families of unhealthy thinking, eating and living, haven’t we? My heart says to your heart that it’s time to make wellness decisions that last throughout the ages and that benefit our children and then their children.

7 Important Facts about Breast Cancer Awareness for African American Women

Heart framing on woman chest with pink badge to support breast cOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this is a great time to become better informed about breast cancer and black women. Below you will find several facts that you are welcome to share but most importantly keep close to your vest as you become more aware about your own health care.

  1. Black women are less likely than white women to get breast cancer, yet have a higher breast cancer death rate.
  2. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Black women and in 2010, the CDC reported that breast cancer was the leading cause of cancer death for Black women aged 45–64 years.
  3. The breast cancer death rate for women aged 45–64 years was 60% higher for Black women than white women.
  4. Younger Black women up to age 44 have a higher incidence of breast cancer than white women.
  5. Black women are two times more likely to develop triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease which has fewer effective treatment options.
  6. We also are known to have denser breast, one of the strongest predictors of risk for breast cancer and also is a known factor limiting the sensitivity of a screening mammogram.
  7. For Black women who have been diagnosed at the earliest stage of breast cancer when the tumor is small and localized, early diagnosis can make a difference.

All of the above facts were pulled from a great, lengthy article, Surviving Breast Cancer through Early Detection and Diagnosis, by the Black Women’s Health Imperative that is based on a CDC report you can access here.

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BOOK SIGNING, Saturday May 11, 2013
Chester Library Author & Spring Fest from 10-3pm
Location Chester Library, Chester, VA
All visitors will recieve a FREE gift from me.
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Global Pay It Forward Day

Today is Global Pay It Forward Day. Take a moment and commit a small act of kindness!

Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life giving to someone else and making a positive difference. At last count there were more than 500, 000 people in 60 countries around the world participating on the day.

For more information, visit the website at http://payitforwardday.com/

April 3rd is National Walking Day

Today is National Walking Day. I encourage you all to rally the troops (your co-workers) and go for a walk tomorrow. There is no minimum amount of time to walk, we want to encourage people to take time out of their work day.  Research indicates that American jobs have become dangerously more sedentary, and we are working 164 more hours per year than we were 20 years ago. This is a huge problem when you consider that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease!

To combat this, the American Heart Association created the My Heart. My Life.  Heart Walk movement to work with both employers and the 142 million Americans in the workplace to create a culture of walking before, during or after the workday.  We are challenging companies, organizations and families across the MAA to get out and walk on National Walking Day, Wednesday, April 3rd and take their first steps toward a longer and healthier life.

Here are some additional tools and resources for National Walking Day.
http://www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_walking_day.jsp

This is great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give our local communities a friendly push toward a healthier life. Have a great week!

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