My Healthy Lifestyle - February 2013

MHLbannersmallWelcome to Your February Newsletter
My Healthy Lifestyle brings Riverside team members a wide range of useful and interesting information to support better health and wellness.

February Is American Heart Month and My Healthy Lifestyle is responding with some heart healthy information: ideas on what your exercise program should include; a recipe for reducing cardiovascular risk that includes more than food ingredients; what foods to watch out for when it comes to sodium consumption; some tasty and flavorful substitutes for salt; and a tip from a fellow employee on taking those small steps toward more physical activity, especially when they follow the stairs. It's all here in your My Healthy Lifestyle newsletter. And don't miss our very interesting and little known facts about exercise. READ MORE

Thoughts from the Chair: We Need a Whole Year's Worth of Heart Health Awareness
On the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month there's still work ahead of us
In the half century since February was first designated as American Heart Month we've made some important strides as a nation and as individuals to lower the risk of heart disease. But there's still more we can do in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and the most important may be to remain aware of the importance of heart health all year long. READ MORE

Check Out These "Ingredients" to Optimize Your Heart Health
Riverside dietitian Holly Hicks offers lifestyle recipes for a healthier heart
Because there's no "magic bullet" for heart health, no single ingredient to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, make sure you're following these 10 components for a healthy 2013 and beyond and learn about some Riverside resources that can help you. READ MORE

Where's All That Sodium Coming From?
If you're not sure, it's time to get the scoop on salt with this Top 10 List
Applying the salt shaker to your food once it's on the table is generally the least of your concerns about sodium consumption. Be sure to read the CDC's Top 10 list of common foods that add sodium to your diet. You just might be surprised at some of the biggest offenders when it comes to adding too much sodium to your diet. READ MORE

Breaking the Shaking Habit 
Some flavorful, tasty and healthier substitutes for salt
If you're looking – and all of us should be – for some healthier alternatives to the salt shaker, don't miss this helpful information on some spices, herbs and seasonings (and some of the foods they go with) that can make a positive difference for your taste buds and for your health. And find out why sodium substitutes and low-sodium foods aren't always the best approach. READ MORE

Heart Healthy Exercises: Here's What You Should Know
Here's why it's important, plus tips on what to do and some interesting facts
Find out how Zumba was first developed, what's the risk-to-benefit ratio in cycling and what requires a very minimal investment in equipment but uses almost every muscle in your body, along with what exercise can do to improve your health plus some good tips on getting started. READ MORE

We Are All Looking for Some Healthy Tips
My Healthy Lifestyle newsletter offers employee-to-employee suggestions on health, wellness, and healthier lifestyles
If you have a tip that other team members can use we'd all like to see it, so please share your health suggestions by sending them to Daniel Ballin, Chair for the Employee Wellness Committee. In this issue, you'll find some thoughts on an easy way to get more physical activity into your life by the simple act of taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator at work and in the community. READ MORE

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