Dec 182014

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for DSM. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, and forget to take care of ourselves and our health.  Did you know that studies have actually shown that instances of heart attacks increase over the holiday season?  That doesn’t really surprise me, between all of the stress that comes with the holidays (decorating, buying and wrapping gifts, dealing with crowds of people, sending out Christmas cards, preparing meals and desserts, attending Christmas parties, etc.), and temptation of unhealthy treats everywhere you go.

More than 80 million Americans are living with heart disease.  That’s more than 25% of the U.S. population!  After hearing these scary statistics, Mrs. Claus decided it’s time for she and Santa to set a better example – by making nutrition changes that promote heart health.

Mrs. Claus has made a video, with some great tips for staying healthy, like taking heart-healthy vitamins, including Omega3, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

You can also find a letter from her on the new Claus Nutrition website, encouraging heart health.  She provides information about heart healthy supplements, a breakdown of bad-for-you foods, and healthy swaps that we can make, and more.  I especially love the recipes she has shared, including a Spinach Berry Salad that sounds delicious!

Mrs. Claus will also be tracking she and Santa’s progress and sharing tips from experts in nutrition and heart health so families can join in on the health plan.

Heart health is something that is very important to me, as heart problems run in my family.  My grandmother has had a pacemaker for several years now, and is on a number of different medications.  It has been very hard to watch her deal with this medical problem during her lifetime, and it’s not something I ever want to have to deal with myself.

John and I are in our 30’s, and just now starting our family.  I want for us to be around for our kids for a long time to come, and I know that we need to take care of ourselves for that to be possible.  We both take a daily multivitamin, which contains Omega3, and we also take Vitamin D.  That alone, is not enough, though.  We need to start exercising and making healthier meal and snack choices, and right now is a great time to start.

What steps do you and your family take to stay healthy all year long?


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