Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebrations for the Whole Family

Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Celebrations for the Whole Family Looking for the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family? February was appropriately named National Heart Month by the American Heart Association in an effort to bring awareness to heart disease, so why not plan some heart healthy activities the whole family can share? Here are a couple of heart-friendly activities perfect for the weekend!

Try a new heart healthy recipe the whole family will enjoy
Why not try a new recipe that’s both delicious and heart healthy? Include lots of veggies and whole grains to get the most out of your meal. Choose lean meats, go light on the salt, and avoid saturated fats if possible. Try cooking together (if possible) or let your kids set the table and decorate with cut-out hearts or other sweet details. Bon appétit!

Get the whole family moving
Plan a hike, a picnic, or any other physical activity the entire family can share in. If you have a family dog, gather the family together for a trip to the park. The American Heart Association recommends exercising for at least 30 minutes five times a week, so make this Saturday your chance to get a workout in. Even if the weather is too cold for outside activity, you can always visit your local recreation center so you and the kids can play.

Spread the love
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for couples—share a hug with each member of your family. By letting each family know how special they are to you individually you are strengthening each bond with a simple, loving gesture.

Breastfeeding for a happier heart
Did you know that breastfeeding reduces a woman’s risk of developing heart disease? Nursing is healthy for both you and your baby! During pregnancy, a woman’s risk for heart disease (as well as strokes and diabetes) goes up, but researchers have evidence that breastfeeding after delivery reduces those risks. Any breastfeeding reduces the chances of developing heart disease, but researchers agree that the longer you breastfeed, the less likely you are to develop heart disease.

We’re wishing you happy hearts for this Valentine’s Day!