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Most of us we will have the joy of Doctor Ordered Tests in 2022

Mark your calendar for a Healthy Hearts Peterborough appointment on January 12th. We’ll cover the landscape of tests from blood work to echo and stress tests. We’ll be aided by Elspeth Ferguson an RN in the Regional Cardiac Rehab Program most of us have graduated from. This will be a Zoom meeting out of caution for rising Covid cases. Details will follow in a couple of weeks.

Introducing Dr. Scott Lear

Dr. Lear will be our guest speaker at our December meeting (December 8th 1:30 at the Wellness Center). This meeting promises to be very informative as Scott will walk us through the role of exercise in being as healthy as we can be. Scott will cover in his words;

“If exercise was a pill, it would be a trillion-dollar blockbuster. Despite that, only 1 in 4 Canadian adults meet the minimum recommended amount of activity. In this session, I’ll discuss the benefits of regular exercise and how you can build it into your life. From what counts as exercise to motivation and discipline to exercise snacking, this will cover the tools you need to start up or expand your program.”

We can all learn something new and share it with our partners or friends. For that reason we are going to open up this meeting and ask you to invite a buddy (partner/relative/friend) to this session. Proof of vaccination will be required to enter the Wellness Center.

The link below will take you to a introduction to Scott from his website. Scott is someone who has been through heart health challenges and he will share some of his extensive learning with us.

Introducing Scott Lear

 

Treating hypertension: The role of medications in the management of your blood pressure

I came across an excellent ten minute video discussion between two medical professionals (McMaster University) on managing hyper tension. It is a good refresher on medications, blood pressure targets and the teamwork process of working with your doctor. I have posted it in the Tools For Daily Living section of our website. To view click on the link below.

Tools For Daily Living

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My Learning From The Nutrition Tracker

This is my progress evaluation, my learning from my week of using the nutrition tracker. First and foremost I really had fun doing this. The reason it was fun is that I had to challenges myself to plan meal items. I will freely admit that I ate a little more of the Heart Healthy Foods and a little less of the Heart Havoc Foods. There is a human nature aspect to the tracker as people always tend to “expect what they inspect”. This principle forces you to put some effort into habit change. The main battles for me with the Heart Havoc Foods were desert and chips. While I am not a regular desert eater, my wife is, so she wants it (I don’t) but when you are at your mother in-laws place and she serves it you eat it! The challenges with the Heart Healthy Foods for me were the lentils and ground flax. I mean who eats lentils regularly? I will wait until Marissa gives me my score for the week but will share three tips from my week. I made lentil soup and lentil stuffed peppers. Both were delicious and the soup ensured I got a generous helping of tomato and kale. I have always eaten oats every second day. It was dead simple to add a small portion of chopped walnuts. I like a “smoothie” after my morning work out so berries every day was easy and I added flax meal to the smoothies. Quite unexpectedly I dropped two pounds as well!

I wold love to hear from others on their experiences. You can share by commenting on this post. The link below will take you to the web page with the tracker if you have not had a chance to use it yet.

Nutrition Tracker

Heart Healthy Living Guide – With A Working Link

The link below takes you to a PDF document produced by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. It is a very handy summary of “all things heart healthy” and well worth a quick look. As with most PDF’s if you click on a subject in the table of contents it takes you directly to that page.

Heart Healthy Living Guide

This has also been added to the Tools For Daily Living page on the Healthy Hearts Peterborough website.

Heart Healthy Living Guide

The link below takes you to a PDF document produced by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. It is a very handy summary of “all things heart healthy” and well worth a quick look. As with most PDF’s if you click on a subject in the table of contents it takes you directly to that page.

Heart Healthy Living Guide

This has also been added to the Tools For Daily Living page on the Healthy Hearts Peterborough website.

Heart Healthy Nutrition Tracker

The nutrition tracker and an explanation of how to complete it are now posted on the Healthy Hearts Peterborough website healthyheartspeterborough.ca . You can find the tracker and explanation links on the JoAnne’s Place page and the Tools For Daily Living page, either page works. Marissa will give us all feedback on our tracker once we submit it. I for one plan to start my tracking November 15th.

For those of you who missed the October nutrition seminar you can watch that and an introduction to Marissa Laughlin on the JoAnne’s place page.

Too much on my plate?

Not not too much food! Maybe too many things to juggle. I just noticed the countdown clock for our November 10th meeting had not been reset from October. It is now changed. I hope nobody will miss this meeting due to the oversight. We have retained an instructor for what promises to be a fun and informative session on the heart benefits of Yoga.

I would love to have help with the website, at minimum someone to nudge me when they see something not quite right.

Again send me an e-mail if you need a Zoom link