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Mind, Body, & Spirit

Tracee-Walk and Talk

This week’s heart healthy tip is so simple: to keep your heart healthy, pick up the phone and get yourself moving! I know, I know, when do you have time when you can barely make time to wash your hair or get enough sleep, but I swear it’s easier than you think (for example, I’m writing this tip on my phone, from the treadmill at the gym hahaha). MULTI-TASK people! This tip is fun and a little silly, but it’ll help you out in the long run.

Skip the elevator so you can return a call and take the stairs instead. Another way to get active while on the phone is to do squats while gabbing. Or hey, while you’re walking down the hall at work and talking with a colleague, throw in a couple of lunges. Sure people might wonder about you, but it’s for your heart! and it will help your butt too!!!

Video Nasr and Ross

I’m participating in The American Heart Association‘s campaign to promote heart health. Heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans, but there are so many simple steps, healthy habits that can help reduce your risk. So throughout the month, I’ll be encouraging you to join the healthy challenge, and I’ll be providing some tips you can use to help increase your heart’s health. 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 and familiarize yourself with the amazingness that is Riad). I’ve been trying to schedule a cooking lesson with him, and one day when the planets align and our schedules permit we’ll make it happen, but I had an impromptu run in with the PRO and he offered a tip that I wanted to share.  

Tracee Hula Hoop Video

I don’t know what possessed me, but put me in a room with friends and childhood toys (hell, just put me in any room) and things are bound to go off the rails!

This New Year’s Day I found myself lounging around, flipping through channels when I stumbled across a Dan Rather Special Report on Antibiotics in America. It was fascinating! So I scrambled for the DVR, and made sure to take in the whole episode. 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 thought eradicated. Rather also takes us to Norway, a country whose taken a more prudent approach to the use of antibiotics.