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Earth Day and Your Heart

Happy Early Earth Day! 

April 22nd is our official earth day celebration, are you going to do anything special?

I plan on getting outside and enjoying our precious earth!

There are some things to do in Austin and you can find them on Austin360.   I recommend planting a tree, riding a bike, or going for a walk.  Just getting outside is great, but add some exercise and you are helping your heart!

WikiHow  tells where the idea of Earth Day came about.

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in the United States in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had long pondered about finding a way to “put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all” (his words). There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox, see “Tips”) but this article focuses on the April 22 Earth Day, which is now celebrated in most countries of the world. Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect about what you are doing to help protect the environment. There are many ways that you can celebrate alone and with others.

They also have some great ideas about how to celebrate it; such as plant a tree, recycle all day, have children recycle toys (excuse for spring cleaning), ride your bike, and of course wear green!

I think it would so great to change your Facebook profile pic to something earthy!  I plan on changing mine for the week!

If you are a teacher of any kind there are some great ideas on Edutopia’s Earth Day Challange!

I would love to hear what you plan on doing for Earth Day!

Have a Heart Healthy Day!

Kristi Krouse

 

 

 

Your Heart is as Healthy as the Food You Eat!

healthy heart dietMy mom always said “you are what you eat,” but is it true?  If so, how does it affect your heart?

The answer is KINDA?!?

Perhaps, “you feel how you eat” should be the new phrase?  (although when I eat a doughnut I feel like it is literally stuck to my back-end)

In order to have a healthy heart diet we need to take a look at the details of our diet.

You see, if you get down to the nitty gritty, food is fuel for the body.  Just like cars, if you give your car the best fuel, they run better and longer.  If we eat foods that cause our hearts to pump faster and work harder we damage our heart tissue and it gives out.

Have you ever eaten an unhealthy meal and even though it tasted delectable, you felt horrible afterwards?  Tired and sluggish?  I will be honest, I certainly have.  Basically when you eat, your body breaks down the food and absorbs it into the blood stream, which delivers the vitamins and minerals to your tissues.  If you eat a healthy heart diet, including healthy food with vitamins you are re-energized, but if you give your body fat and salt your body is left starving for energy.

Here are some links to some sites that I think would be worth a look!

 

 

Take the Fat and Salt Explorer test here.  Then check out the heart test below!  Happy testing!

 

 

Enjoy a healthy heart diet today!