“Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart.” Kahlil Gibran
Every year I look forward to receiving a valentine’s gift from my sweetheart: beautiful red roses and dark heart-shaped chocolate. This year I decided to treat my heart to a healthy gift and I would love to share it with you. We all know about the history of February 14th, Valentine’s Day, but are you aware of February 6th?
February 6th is the day of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign by Jamilina organization especially for women tackling heart disease issue which created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002, in order to deliver an urgent wakeup call to all women all over Cairo.
GO RED while you are listing to “Lady in red” by Chris DeBurgh, and while dancing around the room, you should be consciously aware about your heart and how well you going to take care of it. Would you like to know your heart history? It goes back as far as mankind existed. The heart is a remarkable powerful muscle slightly larger than your clenched fist. It works as a pump to send oxygen-rich blood through all parts of your body. Blood contains oxygen and nutrients that every cell in your body needs to survive. The oxygen-rich blood travels throughout the arteries and vessels, nourishing the body so that it can function properly. Your heart will beat an average of 100,000 times per day. In that time, it pumps more than 6000-7500 liters of blood throughout your entire body.
The ABC’s of Preventing Heart Disease
If you smoke, quit. If someone in your household smokes, encourage them to quit.
Become more active
Research has shown that getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on 5 or more days of the week can help lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and keep your weight at a healthy level.
Choose good nutrition
A healthy diet is one of the best weapons you have to fight cardiovascular disease.
So what kind of gift can you give yourself for Valentine’s Day to fit in with your healthy new lifestyle?
A box of good-quality dark chocolate. Chocolate is the traditional Valentine’s Day gift, and if it’s a good dark with at least 70 percent cocoa, then it’s healthy too. Chocolate is a source of polyphones, the same kinds of antioxidants found in grapes and green tea.
Flowers: A beautiful bouquet or a long lasting flowering plant is sure to please. I recommend that everyone keep fresh flowers in the home or office for their beauty, fragrance, and the lift they give our spirits.
Music: We’re all affected by soft music. It has the power to inspire, uplift us, change our moods, and even alter consciousness.
A massage: Treat yourself to a soothing massage. Some types of relaxing massage with soft movements to lull you into a dreamy altered state.
These heart healthy ways will warm your heart and sooth your soul this valentine
Red around Town
While Go Red for Women is a national organization, is uniting women in diverse neighborhoods from, Egypt. Put your Red Dress and your boogie shoes on where we will be taking healthy steps to stimulate heart disease awareness and help women live a full, heart-healthy lifestyles right in the heart of Cairo.
For further information and location please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event will take place on February 6, from 1-6 PM, place to be announced.