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A Friendly Reminder to Laugh Today

Written on February 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm , by

Photo by Laura Doss

Photo by Laura Doss

Studies have found that, in addition to being good for your mood, laughter is great for your heart. Have you laughed today?

Simple Smoothies for a Healthy Heart

Written on February 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm , by

In honor of Heart Health Month, let’s talk about taking care of our tickers! We spoke to Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic (and cocreator of the Real Age test with Dr. Oz), who shared a few of his Heart Smart Smoothie recipes that make it easy to whip up a healthy breakfast on even your busiest mornings.

“The ingredients [in these smoothies], including psyllium husks and fruit, help lower lousy (LDL) cholesterol while tasting great,” says Dr. Roizen. “Most Americans are only getting about half the fiber they should, and these smoothies, enjoyed every day, are a good start to help you reach the goal of 20-35mg of fiber a day.”

Dr. Roizen's Heart Healthy Smoothie

Dr. Roizen’s Heart Smart Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy protein powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • 1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 large ripe banana (or berries of your choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons psyllium fiber (sugar-free Metamucil)

Directions
Peel banana; break into chunks. Put all ingredients in a blender. Add 16 ounces of water with ice. Cover, blend until fairly smooth. Enjoy! Read more

Fashion Highlights Heart Health

Written on February 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm , by

Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth

When you think February, what comes to mind? Chocolates, flowers and candy hearts, right? While our  romantic sides always seem to make an appearance right around Valentine’s Day (willingly or unwillingly!), there is something else that should be on every woman’s mind: heart health.

Julianne Hough: Photo courtesy of The Heart Truth and Swarovski

If you didn’t already know, February is American Heart month, and the Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign that educates women about heart disease. They have made the LRD (little red dress!) their icon, which has become a national symbol for women’s heart health. They even designated February 4th as National Wear Red Day. (Follow us on Twitter for fun facts like that!) If you ever needed an excuse to wear that sexy red dress hiding in the back of your closet, what better reason then to support heart health?!

But the red dress doesn’t stop there. Every February, New York Fashion Week is kicked off by the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection, a super-fun and star-studded fashion show. Celebs strut the runway wearing scarlet-colored frocks created by high-profile designers. Then add in some of your favorite brands (like Swarovski, Diet Coke, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and AOL Inc) and it becomes a red hot event!

From singing legend Patti LaBelle to reality TV star Audrina Patridge , everyone looked amazing, all the while supporting an great cause. My personal favorite was Dancing With the Stars professional dancer, Julianne Hough. Her sleek physique and admirable confidence made her a rockstar on the runway. And those Swarovski jewels…who could resist the sparkly things in life?!

Do You Have a Primary Care Doc?

Written on February 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm , by

Image via flickr user kokopinto

Image via flickr user kokopinto

Here’s a dirty secret from your resident health editor: for more than a decade, I didn’t go to a primary care doctor. I got yearly checkups from my ob/gyn and figured, since I was young and healthy, that was enough.

It’s a common practice among young women—but one that is putting our heart health at risk, I learned today at a Mayo Clinic-sponsored panel discussion of leading heart health experts.

Regular physicals are important, even if you feel fine, for detecting risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and even young, fit women are at risk.

I finally got myself a primary care doc a couple of years ago. Now, before my next visit, I’m going to print out this list of questions to ask about heart health from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.

Do you have a primary care doc on your health team?

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Shop Your Heart Out—and Save!

Written on February 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm , by

Today is National Wear Red Day! To celebrate, we’re going shopping. Starting today and running through this weekend, you can save an extra 20%* off sale, clearance and select regular purchases at Macy’s simply by wearing red. Not your GRFW_CMYK_2CScolor? Buy a Red Dress Pin for $2 at a counter to receive the same discount. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. (You can also shop online with promo code: WEARRED)

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and 90 percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing the disease. Click here to assess your risk and get a personalized healthy-heart plan from the American Heart Association.

(*Or 10% off select departments. Some exclusions apply; ask for details in store.)