Thursday, February 11, 2016

Food for Thought : February is National Heart Month

                    February is National Heart Month ! 
Your heart is your hardest working muscle. It beats around 100,000 times per day! The bad news is that more than 58 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease and many more are at risk for developing it. We can help you keep your heart going strong so you can exercise, enjoy life, and keep up with your kids (or your grandkids).Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.
      The good news ?Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.
      Make a difference in your community : Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives.
                    Heart Attack Warning Signs 
      Chest Discomfort : Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
      Discomfort in Other Areas  of the Upper Body : Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of Breath: With or without chest discomfort.
      Other Signs : May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headness.
     Stroke Warning Signs - Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.
     Face Drooping : Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
     Arm Weakness : Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
     Speech Difficulty :Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
      Time to call 9-1-1 :If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
                                  Baked Chicken Strips & Microwave Green 
3   pounds  boneless, skinless, visible fat removed chicken breasts, cut into 1’’ strips (or chicken tenderloins) ’’ 
1/3   cup whole-wheat flour 
1/2   teaspoon black pepper 
1/3   cup milk (skim) 
2    tablespoons low-fat, low-sodium, grated parmesan cheese 
1/3   cup quick-cooking oats 
1     teaspoon garlic or onion powder 
1     pound fresh green beans, washed, stems discarded 
1/2   cup water 
1     teaspoon minced garlic, from jar 
1/4   teaspoon black pepper

1 .  Preheat oven to 375. 
Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. 
2 .  On a plate or shallow dish, combine flour and pepper. 
3 .  Pour milk into a second shallow dish.
4 .  In another shallow dish, combine parmesan, oats, garlic/onion powder and paprika/parsley (optional: pulse oat mixture in food processor for 20 second for a finer ?breading?). 
5 .  One at a time, dip chicken strips into flour and turn to coat. 6 .  Then dip in milk, and then oat mixture, turning until well coated. 
7 .  Place coated strips on to prepared baking sheet. 
8 .  Once all strips are on the baking sheet give a light spray with cooking spray. 
9 .  Bake for 20 minutes until golden-brown and cooked through. (Optional: If you prefer darker brown ?crisply? tenders, turn on the oven?s broiler for the last 2 minutes but keep an eye on the tenders so they don?t burn!) 
10 .  To prepare beans: In a 2-quart microwave-safe dish, place beans, water, garlic and pepper. Cover and microwave on high until beans are crisp-tender (6-8 minutes).
 Drain excess liquid.

A proud grand-poppa               G .


  1. My darling Dad ,
    You said you would surprise me and post about heart / cancer problems throughout the year and this one is just magnificent .
    Lot of people don't know you can have a stroke along with a heart attack or a stroke can resemble a heart attack .
    Thank you so very much and you are so very dear to my heart .I love you very much .
    A very grateful daughter ....

  2. Dear daughter ,
    You deserves to be surprise my dear , you are making people aware of a very serious health condition and global warning and reach countless people here and now you are reaching people in lots of places . I marvel at people that said you were just spending your wheels when you first started .
    My dear Jenny got her school started when she was 7 years old , and look at both of you now . I am so very proud .
    Never forget my dear daughter , you also are dear to my heart and my son is so very lucky .
    Your only Dad


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