Tuesday Me-Time, 2/2/2021: Happy Heart Health Month!

February is American Heart Month, so we thought we would dedicate this week’s TMT to keeping your physical and emotional heart healthy. 

Curious about American Heart Month? Here’s a little history and a few ideas about how to observe National Heart Month. 

National Wear Red Day is this Friday, February 5th!

“NHLBI, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Office on Women’s Health, and many other groups around the country annually celebrate National Wear Red Day on the first Friday in February. This day raises awareness about heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States and to educate Americans about heart disease and how to prevent it. There are many ways for you to get involved in supporting and promoting National Wear Red Day.”

A healthy diet is an important part of heart health. Here are a few simple tips to make your eating habits heart-healthy.

What is a Heart-Healthy Diet, and What Does It Mean to Eat for Heart Health

One for the kids: More and more, scientists are discovering that leading a life that is free of cardiovascular disease needs to start from childhood. Here’s a great starting place: LIfe’s Simple 7 for Kids

Don’t have a lot of time to work out? Here is a great 15-Minute Beginning Cardio Workout.

This can all be a lot to try to incorporate into our lives. It’s important to approach big changes with self-compassion rather than putting extra stress on yourself.  Stress isn’t great for the heart either. 

“Dr. Santos explores why self-compassion works better than we think, and how we can each harness our inner compassionate voice to not only feel better, but also achieve the kinds of changes we want to see in 2021.” Don’t have Apple Podcasts? Listen on Spotify. 

For more information, check out the  CDC Heart Health Toolkit

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