By Teresa Carr
Happy Valentine day! Valentine’s Day is next Monday. Have you thought of ways to brighten not just a loved one’s day, but perhaps a stranger’s as well? As things stand, many are maintaining isolation status as much as possible. A call to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while; a card or letter is always received with gratitude; smile behind your mask because it still shows in your eyes to those around you; or a compliment of any kind makes the recipient feel good and so do you.
Did you know that in the 1700s in England, Valentine’s Day began to resemble the day as we know it today. At this time, lovers began to express their love with gifts of flowers, sweets and cards, called “valentines”. Interesting facts about Valentine’s Day:
· Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year for sending cards, right after Christmas.
· The expression to wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve has historical significance. In the Middle Ages, young people drew the name of their valentine in a bowl. They were to wear the name on their sleeve for a week.
· The first Valentine’s Day candy box was invented by Richard Cadbury in the late 19th century.
· On Valentine’s Day 1876, Alexander Graham Bell applied for his telephone patent.
· Cupid is the son of Venus. Venus was the god of beauty and love.
· After St. Valentine’s funeral, Julia, the daughter of his jailer, planted an almond tree with pink flowers near his grave. The almond tree is today a symbol of lasting friendship and love.
From Go4Life – Exercise with heart disease: – Exercise is safe for almost anyone. In fact, studies show that people with arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease benefit from regular exercise and physical activity. In some cases, exercise may actually improve some of these conditions. You may want to discuss with your doctor how your medical condition might affect your ability to be active. Learn more below.
To keep your heart healthy, be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity most or every day of the week. It is not necessary to do everything at once, periods of 10 minutes will suffice.
Other important ways to take care of your heart:
· If you smoke, quit. It’s never too late to benefit from quitting smoking.
· Eat a heart-healthy diet. Choose foods low in fat and those that contain little salt. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and high fiber foods.
· Maintain a healthy weight. Your health care provider can check your weight and height to find out your BMI (body mass index). A BMI of 25 or more means you’re at risk for heart disease, as well as diabetes and other health problems.
The Ohio Department of Development and ABCAP would like to remind Ohioans that assistance is available to help with their home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines pay their heating bills. Applications for the HEAP program must be received by May 31, 2022.
Just a thought: “No one stumbles on mountains. It’s the little pebble that trips you up. Pass all the pebbles on your way and you will find that you have crossed the mountain. ~ Unknown author