Give Your Valentine a Gift FOR the Heart!
Are you looking for a new and different way to celebrate Valentine’s Day – one that will really get their heart going?
Since 1963, February has been designated American Heart Month to raise heart disease awareness and how you can help prevent it with a healthy lifestyle. On February 14, show your loved ones how much you care about them by giving them the gift of heart health. Before you start rolling your eyes, imagine just how romantic a cardio-friendly Valentine’s Day can be:
- Instead of the usual box of assorted chocolates for Valentine’s Day, choose to give dark chocolate – shown to have cardiovascular health benefits in moderate amounts – or other nutritious treats such as fruit or nuts. Sweet!
- Rather than splurging on an overpriced, high-calorie dinner in a crowded restaurant, opt to stay in for a home-cooked meal. Try one of these heart-healthy recipes from the American Heart Association or delish.com.
- After dinner, take a romantic stroll around your neighborhood. Each step takes us in the right direction. Hold hands to get into the “cardio zone.”
- If you were thinking of buying a watch or piece of jewelry for that special someone, consider the sparkle a wearable fitness device can give them. These popular electronics help track physical activity and keep up motivation toward better health and vitality. Talk about a heart of gold!
- When it comes to flowers…you better not forget the flowers! Make them red to celebrate American Heart Month, of course.
Keeping your loved ones – and yourself – healthy is one of the best gifts you can give on Valentine’s Day. What a way to celebrate!
Not to put a damper on the romance, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. The loving sentiment in this Valentine card is: you can do something about it. A few weeks ago, we shared six tips to maintain a healthy heart. Small changes you make today can have a long-term, positive impact. And to learn more about achieving your best health all year-round, talk to your doctor.
Our goal is to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day for many years to come!