Dear Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: February 15, 2012

menopause and love

This month is a very busy month. Not only is it National Time Management Month, Library Lovers Month and Aggressive Driving Month, it has also been stocked with health designations including American Heart Month and Black History Month. For those of us who are superstitious, we celebrated Groundhog Day, which occurs each year on February 2nd. This year he came out of his burrow. Since there was no sun, the furry groundhog saw his shadow. He then crawled back into his burrow to resume his sleep, which means there will be more winter in store for us.

Love was in the air as we celebrated Valentine’s Day. Young and old always love this holiday, as it is a time where we can demonstrate our affection to our sweeties by exchanging cards, flowers, poems, and other lovey-dovey treats. Since I have such a passion for food and cooking, it’s exciting to prepare foods of love. For instance, oysters, figs and other foods have special aromas and the ingestion of some foods actually act as pheromones communicating with our emotions. Asparagus for instance has reputed aphrodisiac powers and during the 19th century was given to bridegrooms on their wedding day. And, last but not least, bring out the chocolate which certainly works to relax our inhibitions. There is much more information about these foods in my cookbook Eat To Defeat Menopause so you don’t have to wait until next Valentine’s Day to try them out.

There’s so much more to celebrate this month – President’s Day and even Leap Day. This year, 2012, we will have an extra day added to the month of February. This happens every four years, so we will not see another February 29th until 2016.

Since we have that extra day, why not use it to our advantage? Leap to develop a health strategy plan to focus on changes in your health. There have been increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity that attribute to major health problems and even death. Take measures this month to recharge your health in an effort to avoid these major health problems. Red Hot Mamas will continue to enlighten and inform you so that you can make educated decisions about your health to stop disease before it starts. You can always start by adding some extra Vitamin C to your diet because February is also National Grapefruit Month. Pucker up!

One place you won’t find grapefruit growing in a natural environment is Minnesota. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, agriculture and good food is plentiful, as is a focus on health. That’s why we are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Red Hot Mamas network of hospitals in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Hennepin County Healthworks is a county work unit that connects employees, their dependents and retirees with wellness programs and services to help them maintain or improve their health. We think Red Hot Mamas will be a great fit and look forward to spreading our message of health and wellness to the largest cities in Minnesota.

We also welcome another new program across the country from Minnesota. This time, our new program will be hosted by Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, New Jersey, the home of Red Hot Mamas headquarters. U.S. News and World Report ranked the cutting edge hospital one of the best new hospitals in the U.S. in 2010 and they deserve their high accolades! In partnership with Morristown Medical Center, we look forward to providing an entire year of free menopause education programs to the community of Morristown. If you don’t live in the area, find another Red Hot Mamas local program to attend.

Good Health to You!

Karen Giblin
Founder and President
Red Hot Mamas