Message from Mary Nordtvedt, RN, BSN
Faith Community Nurse


Mary Nordtvedt

From Your Faith Community Nurse ...

February is

National Heart Awareness Month

Heart month


As Valentine’s Day is celebrated this month we see pictures of hearts in many places. So, it is a great time to reflect on how you care for your heart. A heart healthy lifestyle includes:


¨ Being active with regular exercise

¨ Choosing to eat a healthy diet

¨ Using tools/practices to keep your stress level at a minimum

¨ Know your numbers; cholesterol and blood pressure


A helpful tool in choosing heart healthy foods is using the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check program.  The program offers an easy way to locate heart healthy foods in the grocery store or on a menu when dining out. The iconic Heart-Check mark has been on food packages and in the grocery store since 1995. Today one out of three shoppers say they use the Heart-Check mark to find healthier options in the grocery store.


The Heart-Check mark makes it easy to spot heart-healthy foods.  Look for the name of the American Heart Association along with our familiar red heart with a white check mark on the package or menu. (see photo) When you spot the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark, you'll instantly know the food has been certified to meet the American Heart Association’s nutrition requirements. It's a good first step in creating an overall sensible eating plan.


I am available to talk with you about how you care for your heart. See me on Sundays at the Health Ministry table or make an appointment to come to my office. I am also happy to check your blood pressure for you in my office.


Happy Heart Month



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Last Published: February 7, 2020 12:23 PM
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