Matters of the Heart
Hearts, roses, chocolates, candles, red wine, love, pink hearts, red hearts, conversation hearts – blah blah blah, Valentine’s Day is over (amen?).
Well actually, February is American Heart Month, so we need to leave our hearts on the table a little longer….or at least our conversations about them.
Here’s a big fact for you: Did you know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the Number 1 killer of men and women in the U.S.? This includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Happy Friday, folks.
Some people are inherently more at risk than others because of their genetics; and sadly, some people are even more at risk because of their race and ethnicity.
But the important thing to remember is that so many cardiovascular disease-related deaths can be PREVENTED through better eating and health habits, better living spaces, and proper care and control of chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.
It’s the year of Committing to Lean in 2015 with Good Measure Meals, and part of getting lean means getting healthy and preventing unnecessary death from cardiovascular disease (because if we’re being honest, nobody’s trying to die early from poor heart upkeep).
Obviously, at Good Measure Meals, we’re here to help with getting your diet on track. And we do that pretty darn well, actually.
But another major part of caring for your heart is exercise, and there’s just no way around that. The recommendation is to get your heart-rate up (to a point that it’s difficult to carry on a conversation) 30 minutes per day every day. Are you doing that? I don’t every day, and that’s on me. That’s my bad.
But you know what? We can help with that, too.
EVERY MONTH, we participate in one 5K race around Atlanta that benefits a local non-profit. For all you newbies, a 5K is 3.1 miles. If you jog at a good 10-minute clip, you’ll have your 30-minutes of exercise for the day, easy peas-y. But walking during 5K’s is also perfectly acceptable.
Guess what? We have a 5K coming up this weekend, too, and you should really consider joining our “Race for Good” team. The “Race to End Homelessness” on 2/21 supports the wonderful work of the Atlanta Mission. It’s a great cause – not to mention, it is health-promoting for you, also.
For the Non-Runners
By the way, Good Measure Meals is also partnered with tons of gyms around Atlanta. Each of these gyms have personal trainers and classes every day for those of you who may not be the running types. And all experience levels have a place in these classes.
PLUS, stay tuned for some exciting opportunities hosted by former Atlanta Falcon, Dez White, to help you truly Get in Those Jeans in 2015.
It’s American Heart Health Month, friends, so I just want to remind you that simply eating better is not going to truly transform your health.
If you really want to Commit to Lean in 2015, you’ve got to get real and start caring for your heart. The upside (other than preventing cardiovascular disease, obviously) is that caring for your heart will also help with your weight-loss goals….and most likely your sanity, too.
Oh, and come join us on Saturday at the Atlanta Mission “Race to End Homelessness.” It’s a great place to start, and an amazing cause to support.
Today’s article contributed by Katherine Clevenger, GMM Communications, Marketing, and Event Coordinator