Another Hallmark holiday. That is exactly what I have long considered Valentine’s Day to be—an opportunity to commercialize love and the affairs of the heart, and to sell heart-themed gift cards along with jewelry, chocolates, flowers and dinners. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife and can even be accused of being sappy. But hopefully she will agree, I don’t need a national holiday for me to remind her how I feel (because every day can be Valentine’s Day).
However helpful Valentine’s Day may be in encouraging us to show others how we feel, it is also the basis for February being designated National Heart Health Month. What a great annual reminder to check in with our actual heart—that amazing, four-chamber, ceaselessly operating pump located in the middle-left of our chest, protected by our ribs and vulnerable to our dietary and lifestyle choices. We know science has proven that taking care of our hearts can contribute to longer, more active and enjoyable lives.
Since our hearts didn’t come with an owner’s manual, we have information in this edition of our enewsletter to provide important heart healthy habits. We will also introduce you to Dr. Rebecca Laird, the newest addition to our cardiology team. Our registered dietitian, Lauren Mitchell, provides some healthy wintertime recipes, while our long-time critical care paramedic and ski-patroller, Randy Eis, provides some ideas for how to get outside and enjoy our winter.
At Aspen Valley Hospital, our goal is to inform you about what you need to do to take care of your body, and to provide the expertise and services to help you on your healthy journey.
And that reminds me, our inaugural Healthy Journey Symposium, presented by our Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation, is happening in just a few weeks, March 8-9 on the Aspen Institute campus. We are shining the spotlight on longevity, which includes heart health, and many other important topics. Our speakers are experts who will share the latest research you can use in your pursuit of a long, active and healthy life.
Thank you for tuning in to this issue of our enewsletter. We are glad you did, from the bottom of our hearts!