FEBRUARY Our District Heart Challenge is coming soon. Plus if your school is Even though February is the shortest participating in Jump Rope for month of the year, it’s filled with all Heart or Hoops for Heart, it is fast approaching too. sorts of holidays and observances— Are you ready? Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents

Day, and more. And of course February is American Heart Month. What a great time to make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Read on!

Make One Change for the Better

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Too much sodium in the body can lead to high blood pressure. So now’s the time to reduce your sodium intake. To cut back, choose packaged foods that are low in sodium; drain and rinse canned beans and vegetables; and cook without adding salt.

Did You Know? H Heart disease is the leading cause of

death for men and women—about one death every 39 seconds.

H On average, someone in the United

States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and a stroke-related death occurs about every four minutes.

H Sixty-four percent of women who die

suddenly of coronary heart disease had no prior symptoms.

H Take a simple online assessment

to learn more about your own cardiovascular health. Go to http:// tools.bigbeelabs.com/aha/tools/mlc/.

How can you help raise awareness of heart disease, especially in women? Wear red on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3, 2017.

This soup is seriously easy and seriously good. Plus it’s red for Valentine’s Day.

Rustic Italian Tomato Soup Serves 4

136 Calories

215 mg Sodium

Ingredients 16 oz. frozen mixed bell pepper strips 14.5 oz. canned, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained 1 3/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth 1/2 15.5-ounce can no-salt-added navy beans, drained, rinsed 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 medium garlic cloves, minced 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions 1. In a food processor or blender, process all of the ingredients except the olive oil and salt until slightly chunky. 2. Pour into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. 3. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the flavors are blended. 4. Remove from the heat. Stir in the oil and salt.

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