Iâ€™m participating in The American Heart Associationâ€™s campaign to promote heart health. Â Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, but there are so many simple steps, healthy habits that can help reduce your risk. Â So throughout the month, Iâ€™ll be encouraging you to join the healthy challenge,Â and Iâ€™ll be providing some tips you can use to help increase your heartâ€™s health. Â This first tip I learned from Riad Nasr, a very famous chef, and an all around awesome dude who is like my surrogate big brother! (Seriously Google him andÂ familiarizeÂ yourself with the amazingness that is Riad). Â Iâ€™ve been trying to schedule a cooking lesson with him, and one day when the planets align and our schedules permit weâ€™ll make it happen, but I had an impromptu run in with the PRO and he offered a tip that I wanted to share. Â
This New Year’s Day I found myself lounging around, flipping through channels when I stumbled across a Dan Rather Special ReportÂ on Antibiotics in America. Â It was fascinating! Â So I scrambled for the DVR, and made sure to take in the whole episode. Â The report examined the alarming consequences of the overuse of antibiotics in our country. Which has created a rise in antibiotic-resistant infections that costs us more than $35 billion a year!
Even more alarming, the rise in resistance threatens to bring back diseases we’d previously thoughtÂ eradicated. Â Rather also takes us to Norway, a country whose taken a more prudent approach to the use of antibiotics.