4.2018

Zion Nat'l Park, Columbine

atrial fibrillation

Cardiology Update: Take Away Message

Two key concepts from the annual Mercy Heart Institute Cardiology Update seminar.

  1. Regular, moderate exercise will decrease your risk of all cardiovascular events by 50%.
  2. Obesity is a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation.

What caught my attention about these two statements is that they are related to personal choice. These two simple sentences reiterate that we have a role in our state of health. Both are connected, as obesity is related to level of physical activity, in addition to how much and what types of foods we choose.

All cardiovascular events means heart attack, stroke, and sudden death. Secondary health consequences are diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and grumpiness.

Obesity is at epidemic proportions in our country. Of all the health consequences I am aware of related to becoming overweight and obese, learning that there is a causation to Atrial Fibrillation was new knowledge for me.  (read more about Atrial Fibrillation at http://tiny.cc/zrHN6)  A Fib can lead to stroke which is a devastating, life altering cardiovascular event.

Choosing to eat well and maintain a routine physical activity program are key components of your optimal health endeavor.

What type of activity are you going to enjoy today?


"The Holiday Survival Cooking and Eating Class exceeded my expectations. It was so enjoyable to learn new ideas for healthy snacks and meals, taste the delicious treats we created and leave with an inspired hope that this will be my healthiest holiday season yet! I am impressed with the knowledge and care that Robin (and Wendy from In the Kitchen) both possess and I look forward to taking more classes in the future. Thanks again!"  --Rose M.   “What a wonderful, yummy class! Not only did we participate in creating several easy-to-make, delicious, nourishing dishes for the holidays and every day, we also learned strategies for surviving and enjoying the upcoming holiday season. Both Robin & Wendy were delightful and imparted their cooking and eating knowledge with love, humor, and enthusiasm. I highly recommend their classes to anyone who is interested in developing a better way to look at food, using thoughtfulness with mindfulness to learn some very valuable strategies for eating any time of the year!” --CAM   “I found the class delightful with great ideas for the holidays. In the Kitchen is a warm and welcoming place and you and Wendy were great teaching collaborators. Good new recipes. I appreciate your healthy eating information. I recommend this class to anyone wanting to enjoy the holidays without stressing over food. Actually, the information isn’t just for the holidays. I want to stay healthy all year and eat well.” --Pat B.   "I’ve participated in several classes at In the Kitchen, enjoyed them all immensely, but it is always a special treat when Wendy teaches a class. The recipes offered in The Holiday Survival class were easy to make and so delicious. And what a plus to have Robin co-teach the The Holiday Survival class with Wendy. Thank you, Robin, for all your great information on healthy eating, which was delivered so professionally, dovetailing beautifully into Wendy’s presentation. Hope you two team up again for more classes of scrumptious, healthy recipes. What a fun evening!!" --Carol B. _______________ I love this positive feedback! How gratifying it is to touch the lives of others in a meaningful way…and to be able to do so around a topic that is so dear to me, is just the icing on the cake (right—pun intended!). Wendy Van Wagner and I will continue to offer seasonal cooking classes in addition to the occasional specialty class…stay tuned!
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