Monthly Heart Message for January

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Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  


The New Year has arrived! We do hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break with your friends and family. As you arrive back at school and in the classroom, we want to help you have a heart healthy 2018. We all set new year’s resolutions, but tend to lack the ability to sustain it throughout the entire year. We are here to help you sustain and remain in heart healthy eating habits for the entirety of 2018!

Ticker Tips for You, Fellow Staff, and Family
To succeed in all we do this year, we need to sustain our efforts from the beginning by being mindful and making a plan.

  • Mindful eating doesn’t mean dieting or restrictions. It’s about taking a moment to take it in. There are a lot of methods out there, but we’ve simplified it for you. 
  • Ponder: Before you eat, ask yourself, “Am I really hungry?” Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually thirsty or bored or stressed. Check in, do you need nourishment in the form of food or do you need something else? 
  • Appraise: When your food is in front of you, take a moment.  How does it look? How does it smell? Do you really want it? Is it more than you need? 
  • Slow: Slow down, like waaay down. Put your fork down between bites. Really chew your food and taste it. Slowing down helps your brain catch up with your stomach. 
  • Savor: Really enjoy your food. How does the texture feel in your mouth? What are all the complex flavors you can taste? Take a moment to savor the satisfaction of each bite. 
  • Stop: Stop when you’re full. Sounds so obvious, right? But hey, cleaning your plate isn’t necessary. By noticing when you’re full and stopping, you may avoid unnecessary calories and indigestion.

Heart Fact:

A man’s heart beats about 108,000 times per day. In an average American man’s lifetime, that equals about 3 billion heartbeats!