Are your friends hurting or helping your heart?

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn Who are the five people with whom you spend the most time — at work, at home and socially? Your relationships have an impact on your health according to a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.…

The Magic Wand for your heart

Could a magic wand determine your heart health? Doctors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) are testing a new pocket-sized ultrasound device which can scan the arteries in your neck and determine if you should be concerned about heart disease according to an AP article today. “If I tell you your cholesterol is 130,…

Embrace Your Heart Named to Top 100!

The Embrace Your Heart Blog was named one of the Top 100 Health and Wellness Blogs by the Nursing Online Education Database.  We are honored!  WOO HOO Check out some of the other fantastic blogs here are some of my favorites: This Life Dr. Monte Ladner, a retired doctor shares his passion for fitness —…

Weekly Whimsy: “the Mom Song”

Sometimes you just need a good laugh!  Get that cortisol out and by watching comedian Anita Renfroe capture a day in the life of a typical mom,  and condense it to 2 minutes and  55 seconds and set it to the William Tell Overture. Oh just laugh! Share your thoughts by making a comment below…

Women: Take Charge in the ER

Women’s Hearts Still Not Taken Seriously “It is frustrating. Many doctors do not see heart disease as a woman’s disease. They don’t look for it or treat it aggressively,” said Dr. Holly Andersen at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Yes, it is.  For six years I have been educating women about the importance of taking care…

Avoiding the Mammogram?

Make your appointment! Just in case you haven’t heard — October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If the pink everywhere hasn’t clued you in, please let me remind you…it’s time to pay attention ladies! I was shocked to learn only half of women who should get annual mammograms actually get them,even when their insurance pays…

Is the Gym Making You Fat?

Are you using your membership as an excuse? Joininga gym or health club can be a great tool to becoming more active, but is it working for you?  Many people join and do well for several weeks or months, but then get busy, or bored, and stop going as frequently. Suddenly, you are out of…

Take Charge of Halloween Temptation

How the Halloween Fairy can save you from yourself! It’s the day after trick-or-treating and the kitchen counter is overflowing with candy. It smells good. It looks good. It calls to you at night. How will you rid your house of the temptation? You certainly aren’t going to let the kids eat all of it,…

Embrace Your Project

We painted our basement rec-room this weekend.  I’d forgotten how satisfying putting color on walls can be — it’s a lot of work too!  As I worked my way around the room, cutting in the trim, I couldn’t help but think of my dad. Dad was always working in his garage workshop on some project…