Take a second and consider that throbbing lump of muscle mass at the centre of your chest. Doesn’t it almost seem miraculous? And yet millions of Canadians suffer from heart disease – a phenomenon that is largely preventable. This Valentine’s Day, lay off the chocolate and do something heart healthy.
- Take a walk with a loved one, and have a long talk.
- Watch a funny movie with a friend, and laugh till it hurts.
- Take a quiet moment and do some yoga or meditation.
- Crank your favourite music and dance like no one’s watching.
- Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for, and all of the people you’re lucky to be surrounded by.
- Prepare a great meal composed mainly of vegetables and wholesome grains.
- Make love! (it's like yoga, but a little more interesting...)
Your local library branch has all sorts of information on cardiac health and wellness. Find out more about dietary practices, food and nutrition, physical activity, medication and side effects, statistics about Canadians’ health, and lots more. Our e-library is full of academic journals detailing scientific trials and experiments, new procedures and so on. Ask your librarian how to access health information in other languages, or about alternative treatments and therapies.
Love your heart! Unlike a boyfriend or husband, you really are stuck with the one you’ve got! Happy Valentine’s Day!