Dear Red Hot Mamas,

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: February 7, 2014

Well, another Groundhog Day has come and gone. This annual event is celebrated each year on February 2nd. And, as I look out of my window today, I see lots of snow. I surely recognize that this little woodchuck (which is a real nuisance to all of us who have gardens), did not see his shadow this year. Even in my own back yard, I see burrows in the snow. I think this little rodent just does not want to get out of his heated protection. Nor, do I! I just want to burrow in my home and stay warm. And, I certainly look forward to when Spring will be here.

February is also American Heart Month. Approximately 715,00 Americans have a heart attack and about 600,000 people die from heart disease each year in US. That’s one out of every 4 deaths.

Red Hot Mamas believes there are things you can do to help prevent heart disease by making healthy choices and simple changes to your lives. You may want to discuss these options with your health care provider which may help you to have a healthier heart:

  • Eat a healthy diet to include eating plenty fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, transfat, and cholesterol.
  • Limit salt or sodium in your diet which can help lower your blood pressure.
  • Eat out less and cook more at home.
  • Check out the DASH eating plan.
  • Watch your weight – being overweight can increase your risk for heart disease.
  • Get moving – aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day of the week.
  • Know your blood pressure and monitor your blood pressure regularly.
  • Have your cholesterol checked.
  • Take time to relax and learn ways to cope with stressful situations.
  • Limit alcohol use as it can increase your blood pressure.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Take your medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Open that line of communication and work with your healthcare provider to discuss ways to improve your heart health.

And, last but not least, it’s Valentine’s Day. Please remember, friendship is more than red roses, chocolates and flowers. It is based on sweet memories and smiles. I wish all of my Red Hot Mamas friends a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Good Health To You All,

Karen Giblin