From the Editor’s Desk February 2017

valley-bugler-february-2017February. Just the name gets people’s hearts pounding all across the nation. Pun intended.

More commonly known for Valentine’s Day, and all of the cupids and hearts associated there, the month of February is also National Heart Health Month.

For good reason. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans. Cancer takes a close second.

Called “The Silent Killer”, millions of Americans live with heart disease, stroke or a cardiovascular condition. Knowing your risks, as well as the signs of heart attack, stroke and other heart illness, will help provide a strong base for a healthy heart. After knowing the signs, looking at diet and exercise are the next biggest factors for good heart health.

Everybody think back to a very long time ago. January 1st. Feels like a lifetime, right? My guess is that you made some “healthy” New Years resolutions that have, well, taken a turn for the worse.

Don’t feel bad. You’re in good company. According to statisticbrain.com only 9.2% of Americans felt they were successful in achieving their resolution. Because we like to look at the GOOD news of life, research shows that people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions. Just because less than 10% feel they actually accomplish them doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to attain them.

For it is in the striving that we learn the most about ourselves. What we are capable of. What we are able to actually handle and tackle.

Perseverance.

Dedication.

Commitment.

Choosing any one of those three traits can help you accomplish these hard to win goals, as well as bring you into greater health.

One goal that should be relatively easy for you to master is one that directly correlates to a healthy and happy heart: laughter.

Yes, it really is just as simple as that. More laughter in your life means a healthier heart.

Laughter Online University teaches that laughter is linked to the healthy function of blood vessels. A Maryland School of Medicine study showed that laughter is linked to the healthy function of blood vessels. It found that laughter causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels (the endothelium) to expand in order to increase blood flow, while stress has the opposite effect, constricting blood vessels and reducing blood flow.

Your friendly community paper is known for throwing in a few jokes for good measure, and you never knew that The Bugler was also contributing to your overall health, did you?

It’s a fact. Keeping things positive and upbeat allows for greater health in your heart and for your life. And that’s why you ♥ us, isn’t it?

Until next month.

Michelle Myre

Publisher / Editor

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