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8 Creative Ways to Squeeze Fitness into a Busy Schedule

national start walking dayDo you find yourself exhausted after a long day of work or taking care of the kids, and then you don’t feel like exercising? Well, read up for some creative ways to work fitness into your schedule that can be a lot of fun!

  1. Schedule walks with friends instead of grabbing a happy hour drink or dinner! Enjoy the gorgeous outdoors and catch up with a friend at the same time! You will be shocked how quickly time will fly when you are catching up with an old friend.
  2. Instead of sleeping in, take your kids or dogs to a National Park on a Saturday morning. Georgia has some incredible National Parks – visit http://usparks.about.com/od/travelitineraries/l/blGeorgia-National-Parks.htm. You will be amazed how being out in nature will improve your mood!
  3. While watching TV, instead of lying on the couch, lie down on the ground and do some sit ups, planks or light weights while watching your favorite show for 10 minutes.
  4. Add a little dancing to your cleaning routine! Turn on music and add a bob to your step as you clean around the house. This will burn extra calories while you are dancing.
  5. Instead of driving to the park, local restaurant or neighbor’s house – walk there! You will be able to really take in all that your neighborhood has to offer. The kids also will learn at an early age to enjoy the outdoors and exercise.
  6. Set your alarm for 15 – 20 minutes earlier than normal and go for a short walk/jog around the neighborhood. You not only will feel better, you will have gotten your metabolic system in action and don’t have to worry about trying to fit a workout in after a long, hard day! Try to make it a habit to exercise at least 10 minutes every morning! It will start your day off right.
  7. Always take the stairs instead of the elevator if you are going four flights or less! Make it a contest at work and challenge your colleagues to go further!
  8. Volunteer to walk your neighbor’s dog. Seeing a walk through a dog’s eyes makes the adventure that much fun!

Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2008), the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine (2007) state that even short activities performed in 10 minute segments can improve your health. These organizations recommend getting about 2 and one-half hours of exercise over the course of a week!April 4 is National Start Walking Day. Grab a buddy and get your body in motion! Your heart will thank you for it! Emory University and Healthcare employees – get your walking shoes out and meet us for a 30-minute walk on Wednesday, April 4, at one of the following locations:

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, 2:00 pm – meet at the fountain between the Orr and Glenn Buildings
  • Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, 12:00 pm – meet near the entrance to the Medical Office Building
  • Lullwater Preserve, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm – meet at the gates to Lullwater Park
  • Grady, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm – meet in the Faculty Office Building lobby
  • Saint Joseph’s Hospital, 10:00 am and 10:45 am – meet in the meditation garden between the Harrison Outpatient Building and the Florence Erb Hayes Specialty Center
  • The Carter Center,12:25 pm – meet in the parking lot staff entrance

For more information, please contact Melissa Morgan, melissa.morgan@emory.edu or 404-727-4328.

If you are not an Emory employee and want to get your organization involved in National Start Walking Day, contact the American Heart Association by visiting www.startwalkingnow.org and request a toolkit.

 

Ready, Set, Walk!

National Start Walking DayWednesday, April 4, 2012 is National Start Walking Day! Emory University and Emory Healthcare employees – get your walking shoes out and meet us for a 30-minute walk on Wednesday, April 4, at one of the following locations:

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown, 2:00 pm – meet at the fountain between the Orr and Glenn Buildings
  • Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, 12:00 pm – meet near the entrance to the Medical Office Building
  • Lullwater Preserve, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm – meet at the gates to Lullwater Park
  • Grady, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm – meet in the Faculty Office Building lobby
  • Saint Joseph’s Hospital, 10:00 am and 10:45 am – meet in the meditation garden between the Harrison
  • The Carter Center,12:25 pm – meet in the parking lot staff entrance Outpatient Building and the Florence Erb Hayes Specialty Center

For more information, please contact Melissa Morgan, melissa.morgan@emory.edu or 404-727-4328.

If you are not an Emory employee and want to get your organization involved in National Start Walking Day, contact the American Heart Association by visiting www.startwalkingnow.org and request a toolkit.

Take a step to better health and start walking!

March into Better Heart Health!

Heart events in Atlanta March 2012The HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our March HeartWise lectures online!

Emory HeartWise Events in Atlanta during March:

♥ Diabetes Prevention
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, March 8, 2012
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

♥ Healthy Cooking Demo
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, March 12, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Dancing For Health
Ashley Cole, Valdosta State University Exercise Specialist Intern
Friday, March 23, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ High Blood Pressure & Nutrition
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, March 26, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Why Sleep is So Important
Friday, March 26, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call 404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our March HeartWise lectures online!

Don’t Let Your Stress Levels Stress Your Heart

Stress & Heart Disease Chat Sign Up

Join Emory Heart & Vascular Center preventive heart disease specialist Susmita Parashar, MD to learn about how stress can contribute to heart disease. Dr. Parashar will participate in a free live web chat on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 and will be available to provide information linking stress to heart disease as well as answer questions on how to best balance your life to reduce stress. The chat will begin at 12:30pm EST.

Register for the Stress & Heart Disease Web Chat: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

 


About Dr. Susmita Parashar

Dr. Susmita Parashar

Dr. Susmita Parashar is a Board certified cardiologist at the Emory Heart and Vascular Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining as faculty in the Division of Cardiology, Dr Parashar was Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine at Emory for 8 years. She applies her experience as a Board certified internist in providing a holistic care to patients. She was awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) Trudy Bush Fellowship for Cardiovascular Research in Women’s Health Award to recognize outstanding work in the area of women’s health and cardiovascular disease and Emory Department of Medicine Early Career Faculty Research Award for Clinical Research.

Dr Parashar completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Medical College of Georgia, Augusta and Cardiology fellowship at Emory University. She completed her Master of Public Health and a Master of Science from Emory in 2005. A passionate clinician-researcher and educator, she trains medical students, residents and cardiology fellows. In addition, she conducts clinical research. Dr Parashar’s clinical and research focus is in preventive cardiology with a focus on women and cardiovascular diseases.

She has received several grants and awards from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the AHA to conduct research on women and heart disease. She has served as Emory principal investigator for large NIH funded clinical research for heart attack patients. She was also invited to participate as a co-investigator for the NIH funded Cardiovascular Health Study for older adults. She has presented her work in national and international scientific meetings, including the AHA Annual Session, AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, American College of Cardiology Annual Session, Society of General Internal Medicine and International Congress of Coronary Heart Disease.

Dr. Parashar has authored/coauthored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, including invited textbook chapters, manuscripts, abstracts and review articles. Her work has been published in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine and Circulation, and highlighted by the Nature and national media such as CNN, CBS and NPR news.

She believes in family-career balance and applies her experience as a mother of two young children and wife to her work.


Celebrate Heart Month with this Tasty Pasta Salad Recipe!

Thank you to those who attended our  live web chat on Nutrition for the Heart! We had an excellent discussion and thank Emory Heart & Vascular Center Registered Dietician Cheryl A. Williams, RD, LD (pictured below) for her insight on this important topic!   If you were not able to attend the live chat, you can view the transcript from this chat and others using the “Past Web Chats” link in the top navigation bar.

Cheryl Williams

We would like to clarify a question posed in the chat regarding the amount of fish that is healthy for your heart.  The guidelines for fish consumption are 2 servings of fatty fish, salmon, trout, mackerel etc.,  per week for heart health. There are no separate guidelines for white-flesh fish  such a tilapia.  For people who do not like fatty fish they can have white-flesh fish instead (if not fried), as it generally has less saturated fat then red meat and poultry.

Eating fish is healthy and tasty too!  Cheryl provided us with this delicious Salmon Pasta Salad recipe.  Try it! I am sure you will like it and your heart will too!

Fresh Veggie & Salmon Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Makes 16 servings (servings size: 1 cup)

Healthy Pasta Salad Recipe♥ 16 ounces whole wheat pasta (penne, bowtie, etc.)
♥ Three 6-7 ounce cans of Wild Alaska Pink Salmon (sockeye salmon) flaked
♥ 8 cups fresh whole spinach leaf (10 ounce bag)
♥ 2 cups halved grape/cherry tomatoes 1 cup chopped walnuts

Raspberry Citrus Vinaigrette

♥ 1/3 cup canola oil
♥ 1/2 cup orange juice (about 1 orange)
♥ 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
♥ 1/4 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
♥ 4 tbsp fresh oregano or basil or  4 tsp dried oregano or basil leaves
♥ 2 garlic minced garlic cloves
♥ ½ tsp salt
♥ 2 tbsp ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package; drain pasta and set aside in strainer
  2. Open cans of salmon, cover with can lid and run under water faucet for 1 minute
  3. In large salad bowl combine pasta, salmon, tomatoes, spinach & chopped walnuts
  4. Prepare vinaigrette:In blender or food processor combine citrus juices, raspberries, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper, whirl until well blended; add canola oil slowly until well blended
  5. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss.
  6. Refrigerate salad for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Analysis (per serving)

  • 252 Calories
  • 12 gramsTotal Fat
  • 1 grams Saturated Fat
  • 0 grams Trans Fat
  • 23 milligrams Cholesterol
  • 235 milligrams Sodium
  • 25 grams Carbohydrates
  • 4 grams Fiber
  • Sugars 1 gram
  • Protein 15
  • Dietary Exchanges: 1.5 starches, 1/2 vegetable, 2 meats, 2 fats\

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Atypical Warning Signs for Heart Attack in Women

Emory Women’s Heart Program cardiologist, Dr. Susmita Parashar outlines some of the differences in the symptoms of heart disease in women versus men in this CNN news piece.

Stress & Heart Disease Chat Sign Up

Emory Healthcare is a proud sponsor of American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life program.

Join Emory Cardiologist Susmita Parashar, MD in a live chat on Stress and Heart Disease* on Tuesday, February, 28, 2012 at 12:30. To learn more visit emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats.

 

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Did you Know Heart Disease is the Number 1 Killer of Women?

And…heart disease kills more women than the next 5 highest causes COMBINED!  In fact, 40,000 more women than men die of heart disease each year.

Gina Lundberg, MD, cardiologist at Saint Joseph’s Hospital who specializes in heart disease in women gives tips of how you can lower your risk for heart disease and protect yourself!


Don’t forget to join Emory Healthcare nutritionist Cheryl Williams, RD, LD  on Thursday, February 9 for a live chat to learn some ideas for heart healthy recipes. To register visit emoryhealthcare.org/mdchats!

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Celebrate Heart Month by Joining Our Top Heart Healthy Foods Chat!

Top Heart Healthy Foods ChatJoin Emory Heart & Vascular Center nutritionist Cheryl A. Williams, RD, LD on Thursday, February 9 at 12:30 for a live web chat titled “Top Heart Healthy Foods”. She will be available to answer questions about what the best food choices are for your heart, share new recipe ideas, as well as provide ideas for your favorite current recipes that will help keep your heart healthy.

Sign up for the Top Heart Healthy Foods Chat here: UPDATE CHAT TRANSCRIPT

We look forward to helping facilitate a dialog that builds awareness around the importance of prioritizing a heart healthy diet and taking control of your heart health! See you there!

About:  Cheryl Williams is a registered dietitian (RD) specializing in the nutritional management of a variety of chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. In her current position at the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, Cheryl provides nutrition therapy, wellness coaching, monthly nutrition seminars and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Take control of your Heart Health and join us at the Go Red Connect Event!

Go Red for WomenJoin Saint Joseph’s Hospital tomorrow, Saturday, February 4 for the Atlanta American Heart Association’s Go Red CONNECT Event at Macy’s at Perimeter Mall.

Details

Where:

Macy’s – Perimeter Mall

4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Saint Joseph’s Hospital, the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women are calling on Atlanta women to Make It Their Mission to fight heart disease.

Come CONNECT with women across the metro area, Go Red volunteers, and heart disease survivors to learn how you can save your life and the lives of other women.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital staff will be offering free cardiovascular screenings as well as provide educational material on how to stay heart healthy.

Other events during the day include healthy cooking demos, heart health information, exclusive Go Red giveaways and much more!

Women will have the opportunity to share their stories in front of the American Heart Association’s camera and have the chance to become a spokesperson for the Go Red for Women cause.  If you are chosen you could represent the AHA’s Go Red For Women in marketing materials, at events, on GoRedForWomen.org, etc!

 

See you all there!

Related Resources

Saint Joseph’s Heart & Vascular Institute website

Emory Heart and Vascular Center Women’s program website

Healthy Heart recipes

American Heart Association Atlanta website

Atlantans: Join us for 11 Heart Healthy Events During Heart Month!

Emory HeartWise Events in Atlanta during Heart Month:

Heart Month Events Atlanta February

The HeartWiseSM Risk Reduction Program Lecture Series aims to reduce people’s risk of heart disease through education and interaction. In addition to serving patients who currently suffer from heart disease, we also provide help to individuals who could be at risk for heart complications in the future including those who smoke, do not exercise or have high blood pressure.

♥ Fats: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, February 2nd
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

♥ Chocolate for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, February 6, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Q&A with an Emory Cardiologist
Dr. Laurence Sperling
Friday, February 10, 2012
12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

♥ Medications
Jane Whitmer, RN
Monday, February 13, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Celebration: National Cardiac Rehabilitation
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

♥ Chocolate for the Heart
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Thursday, February 16, 2012
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM

♥ How Should I Take Care of My Feet?
Dr. Frank Sinkoe
Friday, February 24, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

♥ Diabetes Prevention
Cheryl Williams, RD/LD
Monday, February 27, 2012
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Admission to HeartWise events is free and everyone is welcome! Call404-778-2850 to reserve your seat, or you can sign up for one of our February HeartWise lectures online!

Saint Joseph’s Heart Institute Events in Atlanta during Heart Month:

♥ Friday, February 3rd - National Wear Red Day; Wear red to raise awareness of heart disease and what you can do to prevent it!

♥ Friday, February, 3rd – Go Red Event; Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting a Go Red Event from 8:30am – 2pm.  We will have jewelry vendors, cooking demos, dark chocolate vendors and educational information available.

♥ Saturday, February 4th- Go Red Connect- Join us  at Macy’s at Perimeter Mall from 1 pm to 5 pm.   Saint Joseph’s staff will be offering free cardiovascular screenings as well as providing educational materials to attendees

Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts regarding any of the February events. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Emory Healthcare is proud to partner with the American Heart Association in the My Heart. My Life campaign to help prevent heart disease.  Take the Life Simple Seven challenge today!

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