Focused On Fitness - February 16, 2007

    The regular newsletter this week had a St. Valentine's Day theme on the power of love and the strength of the heart. Since that holiday is over, I created a another newsletter for my readers and subscribers that is more pertinent until the next issue on Thursday. If you are a romantic and would like Valentine's Day to linger a little longer, you can read that newsletter here.
    According to the American Heart Association, "Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are our nation's No. 1 killer. To urge Americans to join the battle against these diseases, since 1963 Congress has required the president to proclaim February 'American Heart Month.'" You can get the facts on high blood pressure, learn your risks as well as how to live a heart-healthier life by going to Beat Your Risk.com provided by the American Heart Association. You can also Go Red For Women which is challenging one million women to stop heart disease and Go Red. Women can take action against their No. 1 killer by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp.

Featured Articles 
   Start Moving - Learn how to balance your activity and dietary intake
   Fight Back Against Cardiovascular Disease - Don't let a family history of heart disease haunt you
   Heart Of A Runner - How to take care of your heart muscle
   Fall In Love Again - How to fall in love with running all over again

Health News Headlines 
    Survey shows heart disease worse in poor states -Heart disease rates are twice as high in certain rural states and among people who did not finish high school, federal researchers said on Thursday after the first state-by-state survey in the United States.
    When pregnant mom eats fish, kids do better - Children of mothers who ate more fish and other seafood while pregnant are smarter and have better developmental skills than kids of women who ate less or none, researchers said on Thursday in findings they called surprising.
    Less-intense workouts may be less effective - Low-intensity endurance exercise is not as effective as moderate intensity endurance exercise for promoting fitness, German researchers found in a controlled study.
    Belief in exercise may make it more effective - People who think they're getting a good workout obtain more benefits than those who perform the exact same activities, but don't think what they are doing is exercise, according to the findings of a study by Harvard researchers.
    Secondhand smoke raises heart disease risk - Warning signs for cardiovascular disease are higher in people exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke, adding to the link between "passive smoke" and heart disease, according to a study released on Monday.
    Some advice to take to heart -- take a nap - A six-year study of nearly 24,000 Greek adults found those who regularly took midday naps lowered their risk of dying from heart disease by more than a third.

Be well and be heart healthy,
    Richard Dafter