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Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine by NHLBI

  This post is shared courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way to ward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals , and not cheating on sleep can all benefit your heart. And that’s a good thing, because h eart disease is largely preventable and focusing on improving your heart health has never been more important. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women and men in the United States, and many Americans remain at risk of getting it, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). People with poor cardiovascular health are also at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. “Studies show self-care routines, such as taking a daily walk and keeping doctor’s appointments, help us keep our blood pressu

Women: Protect Your Heart

This post is shared courtesy of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Fact: One in five American women will die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The good news? You can take small steps to improve your heart health every day.  1. Eat a heart healthy diet. Choose low sodium and salt foods; limit foods that have trans fat, like pastries and fried food; and cut back on sugar.  2. Manage your health conditions. Take your medicines as directed and get your blood pressure and cholesterol tested regularly. If you have diabetes, check your blood sugar level on a regular basis.  3. Get the facts about aspirin. Some people take aspirin every day to help prevent a heart attack or stroke, but it is not right for everyone. Ask your healthcare provider if you should use aspirin.  4. Know the signs of a heart attack in women, including:  • Heavy ache in your chest or back between your shoulder blades  • Sharp pain in your upper body  • Sho

American Heart Month Message by CDC Heart Stroke

  This message is courtesy of @CDCHeart_Stroke. Please follow them on Twitter @CDCHeart_Stroke  and  @MillionHeartsUS , on Facebook Million Hearts , and on  LinkedIn Million Hearts .  Heart disease has been the number one cause of death in the United States for more than 90 years. And Black people in the United States are more likely to experience risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. But there is good news. More adults are aware about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and how to prevent it, including Black adults. Now, we can help empower them to take the small steps that will help lower their risk. We can’t change everything today, but bit by bit, we can empower more people to stand up and take back their health, one small step at a time. Live to the Beat is a belief change campaign that aims to reduce the risk of CVD among Black adults ages 35 to 54 by encouraging them to take small steps to move more, eat better, and work with a h

Jeanette Harrison's Guest Appearance on Straight Outta Savannah, Talkin with Tammi

I was recently a guest on Straight Outta Savannah, Talkin with Tammi.   Tammi Morrison is an Intuitive Empowerment Diva, a podcast host, author, and entrepreneur. Her podcast is growing nationally and has followers from all walks of life. Tammi likes to connect with people and their stories. Tammi is energetic, caring, and passionate about what she does. She made me feel right at home.  She is the author of   "Walking Away: Winning the War Against Shame, Abuse, Aids, and Abandonment "   and  "Michelle Dying for Love."   When Tammi invited me to be a guest on her podcast to talk about my book, "Bragging About You" and about How Healthcare Works, LLC, I was so thrilled and touched! I had listened to her podcast in the past, and I loved the stories that real people shared about their real-life experiences. It was so relatable to me. Tammi is so warm and friendly, I felt right at home right away. She and I talked just like a couple of friends would over coffee

Jeanette Harrison's Guest Appearance on the Neil Haley Show

  I was recently a guest on The Neil Haley Show.   Photo credit: spoiu23 on Neil Haley is a tv/radio host, author, and speaker. His podcast is nationally syndicated and has over 5 million weekly listeners. Neil likes to help others grow. Neil is compassionate and has an engaging, warm, and encouraging personality. Neil Haley is also known as "The Media Giant" and provides services for brand consulting, social media management, podcast production, website design, and media coaching.  When Neil invited me to be a guest on his podcast to talk about my book, "Bragging About You" and about How Healthcare Works, LLC, I was so excited! I was so honored and humbled to have this outstanding opportunity and to gain exposure for the book and the business. It made me feel like all of those days struggling were finally getting me somewhere. Neil asked me for some talking points. He guided the conversation and made me feel comfortable, especially since it was my first

Keep Walking, Keep Moving

I almost named this post, "Why I love walking." Two years ago, I started filming walking videos for the Billion Steps Challenge in January 2020. Then, COVID hit, and my walking videos became about encouraging other people to get outside, how the diffusion of molecules made the disease less likely to spread, how being outside boosted your immune response, and also increased vitamin D production. My walking videos became about my health and encouraging others to be outside because "outside was okay." If you check out  How Healthcare Works on Instagram or the How Healthcare Works YouTube channel , you can see the original walking videos from the past two years.  I originally started the walking videos in Grain Valley, Missouri. Because of the cold weather in Missouri, many days I would walk around my living room or my basement or do steps in my home just to reach a few thousand steps a day. As time went on, I needed to get more creative with the steps because I was try

Speak Up. Speak Out. Use Your Voice.

The day I made the walking video, "Speak Up. Speak Out. Use Your Voice," the sun was streaming through the trees on the Greenbelt here in Idaho. I found this gorgeous spot on the trail where the water tumbled among the trees, and the sun cast slits of light among the leaves and the water. The vision was breathtaking. Like something from a movie. I held my iPhone up to record the video, something that usually comes out without much rehearsing. This time, I did at least 30 takes of a one-minute video. "What is wrong with me?" I kept asking myself. "Why can't I do this?" I knew the answer, though. I knew that my problem was, and is, that I felt for years that I couldn't speak up, speak out, or use my voice. I felt so unheard and so invalidated. I told of struggles I was going through in life, and the response was "be positive" "stop complaining" or "you are exaggerating." I tried reaching out to people I thought cared, bu