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Last Updated on March 17, 2017 by Diane Hoffmaster
This post about having a heart healthy holiday has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.
There is quite a bit of overindulgence going on this month. We overindulge in tasty things like eggnog and cookies. We overindulge in ham, mashed potatoes and rolls slathered in butter. And we probably overindulge in even MORE cookies. I admit, I am all about the food during this time of year. I tend to eat a lot and not exercise anywhere near enough. Sound familiar? Well, this year Santa and Mrs. Claus want to encourage all of us to strive for a slightly more heart healthy holiday!
Heart disease in the number one cause of death in the United States. More than 25 percent of the U.S. population is living with heart disease, and the prevalence of heart attacks increases over the holiday season. Researchers at The University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University School of Medicine found that heart related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holiday season, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas Day than any other day of the year. That statistic just astounds me! Santa and Mrs. Claus would like to remind you to keep heart healthy foods on your grocery list this year! Watch the brief video below for a message from Mrs. Claus and learn how to have a heart healthy holiday.
Heart Healthy Holiday Tips
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.
This is such great info. I am most certainly guilty of going a little overboard on the sweets and other treats this time of the year.
Heart disease has touched my family twice now so It's something I really need to keep in mind. Thanks. It's nice to have clear info in a list like this.
great tips! making sure you eat well is so important! I actually have heart issues so I have to be careful on what i eat.
Glad you found them helpful! We try to eat healthy year round but it is so much harder at the holidays!
Those numbers really are astounding, especially that it goes up by 5% during holiday seasons. I do choose healthier options most often so I'm glad I'm doing heart healthy actions.