February is the month of love. It's also HEART HEALTHY MONTH!
I'm a big fan of leading a HEARTH-HEALTHY lifestyle. I got a wakeup call 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with a leaky valve. And having no side effects like shortness of breath or dizziness, it was a pretty scary period in my life. I decided to be pro-active and have surgery. My Mitral Valve was repaired and months later I was given clearance for all forms of exercise.
But my surgeon & cardiologist insisted I lead a HEART-HEALTHY lifestyle.
Here's a few ways you can improve your heart's health:
Eating foods low in saturated fats and trans fats can help prevent high cholesterol, and limiting salt in your diet is shown to lower your blood pressure. Focus on foods high in fiber and good fats such as olive oil
Try eating more of the following heart-healthy Super Foods.
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios)
Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
Red Wine (small amounts of course. You can also get the same effect from Natural Peanut Butter & grapes without the alcohol)
That's a no brainer. I like to do something that's fun and doesn't seem like I'm exercising. Mountain biking & road biking has been a regular part of my life. Regular exercise leads to lower blood pressure. Even walking or jogging 3-4 times a week helps. Take the stairs. Park further away from the entrance to the mall.
So this month, and every month think AND be, H-E-A-R-T H-E-A-L-T-H-Y.
***Thanks to the BEST listeners on the planet, all our volunteer spots have been taken
If you'd still like to help, cash or non-perishable food donations are ALWAYS welcome.
And if you are planning on making a donation, feel free to stop by the kitchen Nov24 when we broadcast live with our volunteers!***
And now the specifics:
What: Rocky & Lissa's Kitchen Crew
Where: St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, 39 East Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre
(near the Kings College gym)
When: Tuesday Nov24 5:30-9am
Aprons, gloves & knives will be provided. If you'd like to bring your own kitchen utensils, feel free.
Non-perishable food donations are always welcome. We encourage our listeners to bring canned food items with them as the kitchen serves 365 days/year.
Meet Robert, a 10 year old in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. We spent Saturday at Maylath's Farm & Orchard in Sugarloaf.
Maylath's is a great day out for everyone in the family.
The farm features:
*Cow Train Ride *Pony Rides
*Homemade Foods including their own pressed cider
We found Word #2 in the 20 acre corn maze! 4 more to go. This year's maze is a tribute to the men & women of the military. And the maze is free for all active & retired military veterans & their families with military ID.
Minutes after this pic was taken, Robert found his way out and I became lost in the corn maze. Fun times!
Maylath's apple slingshot. Let it fly, Robert.
Hayride to the Maylath pumpkin patch.
We found our pumpkins.
Robert is new to the Big Brother/Big Sister program. He is one of many great kids on the waiting list to be matched. If you can spare a few hours a month, you can be a mentor for an amazing kid just like Robert. You can really make a difference in a kid's life AND you won't believe how much fun you'll have in the process.
CLICK HERE for more info on becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.
And if you are looking for a fun Fall day out, head to Maylath's Farm.
608 Rock Glen Road, Sugarloaf, PA
No admission. Pay as you play.
Saturdays & Sundays -- 11a-6p www.maylathfarms.com
4 years ago we brought 2 furry little creatures into our home. Sammi & Frankie were our new forever friends from Blue Chip Animal Rescue.
They were dropped off at the shelter together, and we were told that they were to be adopted together as well.
Sammi lost one of her eyes before she became a member of our family. Frankie was her guide dog.
One minute he would be stealing her food or swatting her with his paw, the next he would be cuddling with her in bed or standing guard with her in our backyard.
Yesterday we lost this family member.
In July, Frankie developed some sort of digestive problems. He would go into extended Downward Dog postures. Originally, our vet thought it was a gas problem so Frank was on all sorts of old man products like Gas-X and Peptid AC. It worked for a short time, but he seemed to be getting worse. Later, our vet found what looked like a growth in his colon. Wednesday he went in for surgery. We couldn’t believe what they found: a huge ball of hair! The prognosis was good at this point. Frankie was due to come home Thursday.
Sue got the call in the morning that during the night Frankie had a heart attack and passed.
We thank Back Mountain Vet Hospital for their care and understanding. They our truly great people. Thanks for the hugs too!
And THANKS to all the KRZ listeners for the messages of support and love. You really don't know how much your kind words mean to us. You guys are the best!!!
I can't thank you enough for riding with me last Sunday in the 7th Annual American Cancer Society Endure bike ride. Your donations helped me double my goal and overall the total raised surged past $35,000!!!
This year's ride took on special meaning for me as I rode in honor of my Aunt Rita (#RitaRocks) who lost her courageous battle with Cancer last month. I know for a fact she was with me every mile.
My buds Brian, Vince, Mike & Tony who all helped organize & plan this year's ride.
Biking selfie while crossing the Market Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre!
Thanks again for your support. We'll see you next year for Endure 8!!!
That's my River Fest crew...Sue of course, and our friends Donna & Steve.
Time to launch in Harding.
Never kayaked? Get out on the open water. It's really amazing to see the river from the inside out!
And here's the cool part. If you missed out on River Fest down the Susquehanna River this weekend, you've got another chance! High water & the threat of rain forced postponement of some of the events, so they're doing it again Saturday July 11!