MattersMatters Health Healthy Bytes Issue 16, February 2009 Brought to you by the Wellness Workgroup Chicken & Bean Burritos – February is American Heart Month! from Everydayhealth.com Heart and blood vessel diseases are our nation’s No. 1 killer. Nearly 2,400 Americans die 2 pounds chicken breast each day from them! Meanwhile, over 79 million adult Americans are living with them. 1 can pinto beans in chili sauce Many are struggling to recover from heart attack or stroke, while others at high risk are 1 jar chipotle chili salsa getting the care and making the changes necessary to lower their risk. You can do plenty 12 large whole wheat flour to get your heart in shape, even if you’ve had a bad experience. Healthy changes will help tortillas, warmed you feel and look better! Death rates from heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular 1 cup reduced fat Monterey diseases are going down. Healthy lifestyles play a big part! Now’s the time to make up Jack cheese your mind to take some control over your future. You’ll find that once you make one Lettuce, shredded (optional) change, the next comes more easily. Here are some simple steps to take: Tomatoes, chopped (optional) Don’t smoke. Sour cream, light or fat-free Have your blood pressure checked regularly. (optional) Improve your eating habits. Be more physically active. In 3 ½ quart slow cooker, Maintain a healthy weight. combine chicken and undrained Have regular medical check-ups. beans. Pour salsa over all. Take your medicine, if needed, to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol or Cover and cook on low for 5-6 diabetes hours or on high for 2 ½-3 hours. Using a slotted spoon, How can I learn more? 1. Talk to your doctor, nurse or other health-care professionals. If you have heart disease transfer chicken to cutting or have had a stroke, members of your family also may be at higher risk. It’s very board. Separate the chicken important for them to make changes now to lower their risk. into thin shreds using two 2. Call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721) or visit americanheart.org to learn more about forks. Use a potato masher to heart disease. mash beans slightly in the 3. For information on stroke, call 1-888-4-STROKE (1-888-478-7653) or visit cooker. Return the chicken to StrokeAssociation.org. the cooker and mix. Divide Knowledge is power, so Learn and Live! chicken mixture evenly among ________________________________________________________________________________________ the tortillas. Top with cheese and roll up. Serve with lettuce, tomato and sour cream, if What is a Heart Attack? desired. Know the warning signs of a heart attack so you can get help right away, either for Makes 12 servings. Each yourself or someone close to you. Acting quickly can save lives! Some heart attacks are serving has about 293 calories, sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of 26 grams protein, 6 grams fat, the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening: 50 mg cholesterol, 34 grams • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts carbohydrate, 5 grams fiber, more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. and 707 mg sodium. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach. _____________________________ • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. Keep Your Heart Healthy • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. with Nuts and Seeds! If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 or the Nuts and seeds that are high in emergency medical services (EMS) in your area (fire department or ambulance), or get to a phytosterols naturally lower your hospital right away. cholesterol. A small handful a ________________________________________________________________________________________ day may help your arteries from clogging, keep your blood vessels Complimentary Heart Health Screenings at Genuardi’s! clean and your heart healthy and Stop by participating Genuardi’s for a complimentary heart health screening (a $40 value). strong! The top five are: Log onto www.genuardis.com to find participating stores near you or call a store to find Sunflower Seeds, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, Pine Nuts, and the screening dates and times. Other stores and pharmacies may also be promoting heart- whole Flaxseeds. health related activities during this month, so look out for various local events!