Our “hearts” are sensitive and powerful organs that carry lots of responsibility. One can reflect on the heart as the physical part of the body, or in symbols, imagery and emotion. We generally associate feelings of the heart with that of “falling in love” – floating through the day with feelings of peace and serenity. Physically, we hear and feel the beat of our heart as it pumps blood through our veins,
day in and day out.
No matter which one of these scenarios play out, one thing is for sure,
we must learn to guard and protect our physical hearts from unnecessary dangers that are
evident in how we live.
February is American Heart Month and the observance serves as a way to encourage people
to live “heart healthy” lives through better food choices and increased physical activity.
In this edition of Our Health Matters™, Kansas City resident, Jim Nunnelly takes us
on the journey he experienced with a significant heart event. His health challenge made
him examine his lifestyle and eating habits. Nutritionist Dr. Lydia Kaume reminds us that
what we eat and how we eat can impact heart health. Dr. Andrea Yang, a Board Certified
Cardiologist, stresses the importance of “knowing your numbers” – blood pressure, blood
sugar, cholesterol – in order to manage your risk of heart disease.
If you resolved to be a healthier you in 2018, just remember we will continue to support
you as we have for more than twelve years. We are taking this journey together and will
always bring you the latest and most important health issues of the day.
Happy Healthy New Year!
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