Snacks vs Treats

A little trick for better choices My friend Jill Fleming shared a great strategy for making healthy choices. She is a registered dietitian and her strategies have changed how my family eats. By understanding the difference between “grow foods” and “treats,” my six-year-old daughters can make a healthy choice. It works! Grow foods are items…

My Girls: The Advocates

Having to leave a birthday party before the cake is pretty traumatic for  six-year-olds, but last December that is exactly what happened to my daughters Gracie and Callie.  Even though the owner of the bowling alley had assured me it was safe to bring Callie, who has asthma, because the facility was “smoke-free” during the…

Too Busy To Work Out At Work? Use Chunks!

So what if you can’t make it to the gym.  Don’t deprive your body of the activity it needs – get it in small chunks of time. Research conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia found three ten-minute blocks of exercise were as beneficial as thirty minutes of activity.  Which is great news for those of…

The Dangers of Dining Al Desko

How often do you find yourself eating at your desk?  Is dining al desko putting your health at risk? According to the American Dietetic Association, 75% of office workers eat lunch at our desks at least two or three times a week.  Trying to fit a bit more work in during the day may seem…

Introducing the Patient’s Perspective Magazine

Welcome to the Patient’s Perspective! The Embrace Your Heart™ Wellness Initiative presents teleconferences addressing a specific challenge faced by women living with heart disease.  The result: a wealth of information to share and a publication. “Having the opportunity to share our experiences and challenges is empowering.  Providing the information to other patients and to healthcare…

Stressed or Stroke? Three questions to ease your mind about your headache

Knowing she was at risk for stroke made Patty Borkowski’s daily headaches worrisome. How do you tell a headache brought on by eye strain or an afternoon drop in blood sugar and from a medical emergency? “At approximately 3:15 every afternoon, I thought I was suffering a stroke.  I’d be at the computer pounding away…

Bruise Be Gone

Bruising is a fact of life for women living on blood thinners. Embarrassment about your bruises doesn’t have to be. Women living on blood thinners are no strangers to bruising. A tight shoe, a light bump against a chair or an over zealous thigh slap while laughing can cause a nasty-looking mark that can be…

Exporing the “Icky Period” Problem

When a younger woman is put on a blood thinner the doctor or nurse isn’t likely to tell her, “Guess what, this is probably going to make your period a bit of a challenge.  It came as a big surprise to me,” said Eliz Greene who is 42 and currently takes Plavix®.  “Talking about the…

Goodbye, Blood Draw!

When she was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and placed on the blood thinning medication warfarin, Patty Borkowski began regular trips to the Anticoagulation Clinic at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She didn’t realize her experience was different from that of other women on blood thinners. A consistent and controlled blood thinner level is essential for…