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Did you know that February is American Heart Month?

It only seems fitting that the month that is known for its heart centric holiday is also dedicated to hearts on a deeper level. Heart health has always been a priority in my personal and professional life, and I am so grateful to have been nominated for the 2023 Woman of Impact by the Midlands American Heart Association – a cause that means so very much to me. 💕

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined - one woman every 80 seconds.

In today’s world, filled with distractions, social events, work and endless to-do’s it can be a challenge to prioritize yourself. We feel guilty taking an hour to come work out or taking an hour for self – care time. In reality, these things should be at the top of our to-do’s. We have to make ourselves a priority. We only get one body to carry us through our life, so we have to take care of it. The American Heart Association states that living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk for heart disease by 80%. There are 3 key elements of living a healthy lifestyle; moving your body, fueling your body, and knowing your body!

Movement is everything to me! There are so many benefits to sweating and moving - improved blood flow, increased stamina and ability to cope with stress, and lowering blood pressure just to name a few. No matter how much time you have in a day or week you have the time to get moving. It might be hard at first, but start small with a walk or dance party in the kitchen and work your way up! I own two barre3 studios, so I teach and sweat every day. I adore the way I feel when I am in class and the endorphins post class.

90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, yet only 44% of women recognize the disease as their largest health threat.

How are we fueling our bodies? What you put into your body directly affects multiple risk factors for heart disease - blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight. I try to have colorful meals that keep me moving and feeling good. The American Heart Association suggests eating a variety of fruits and veggies, opting for whole grains over processed, and minimizing your salt intake. But there is also a balance that can be found. I love a glass of wine and will indulge in that too. So, I love having the accountability spots in our planners to take quick notes about how we are keeping our bodies healthy through food.

The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men. They are often misunderstood - due to only 38% of clinical cardiovascular trial participants being women.

This has two parts to it, your mental health and educating yourself on heart disease.
Mental health is key! Physical and mental health go hand and hand. We can't be our healthiest selves if we are missing one of the pieces. We all have to make sure we are scheduling activities that bring us joy, bring smiles to our faces and make us smile.
Educating yourself is key. Heart disease presents differently in women than in men, so it is important to know your warning signs and risks. I highly encourage you to take a look at the Go Red For Women website for countless resources ranging from recipes, to medical studies, and beyond. 
Do your Part

Do your part and support the American Heart Association this month!

Please show your support to the American Heart Association by purchasing one of our beautiful Heart Notebooks. 100% of the proceeds from each notebook sold will go straight to the American Heart Association to raise money to advocate for the health of all women, fund lifesaving research and educate women across the United States and around the world.

Notebook Artwork By: Anna Walding - @annawaldingart

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