February Heart Health and a Giveaway #Chickendotca

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected to be the Health Ambassador for Chicken Farmers of Canada! This is a BIG deal to me, as you all know I’m focused upon my health over the past few years, and I’m honoured to be partnering with such a quality brand to bring forward health facts, information and ideas.

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Perhaps it has something to do with turning the 40 this month but I’ve founds myself paying more attention to my health in general. We are doing our best to eat clean, reducing the unnecessary sugars, fats and preservatives. Chicken of course is at the top of our list for proteins. Cooking with chicken allows me to offer a variety of tastes and creations while keeping the nutritional value high.

As the Health Ambassador, each month I’ll be bringing you information on health, nutrition and some delicious recipes.

Heart Disease Kills 1 in 3

I was shocked to read that heart disease is the #1 killer of Canadians! 1 in 3 women die from heart disease. There are millions of people dying of heart disease and we simply must make our heart health a priority.

By taking some steps we can begin to take back our body’s health. We don’t have to suddenly change our diet entirely or step outside to run our first marathon, by making simple changes we can improve our odds.

Steps to Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

  • Be smoke-free.
  • Be physically active – 150 minutes of physical activity a week.
  • Know and control your blood pressure.
  • Eat a healthy diet that is lower in fat, especially saturated and trans fat.
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Manage your diabetes.
  • Limit alcohol use.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Visit your doctor regularly and follow your doctor’s advice.

Changes for Heart Health

While I’m inclined to run to the kitchen, clear out all the cabinets and restock with organic foods I know this isn’t realistic today. Instead, I’ve made a menu where we’re eating nutritious foods as outlined on Canada’s Food Guide and our little family is getting moving!

We’ve added a few activities to our family schedule, between the kids gymnastics and theatre we will now be heading out for brisk family walks on our local trails.

All too often we adults forget ourselves, we don’t have time to spend hours at the gym so we simply overlook our fitness. We cannot afford to forget our health, our children need us!

By controlling our nutrition and dedicating just 150 minutes a week we are banking valuable time into our fitness future.

Here’s a little example of how I’m getting moving more:


WIN a Thermos from Chicken Farmers of Canada

I’m giving away 1 amazing stainless steel thermos from Chicken Farmers of Canada. It’s simple to enter, just follow the steps in the Rafflecopter form below. This is open to Canadians, contest ends March 18th and the winner will have 48 hours to respond. All entries will be verified.

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Disclosure – I am participating in the Chicken Farmers of Canada Brand Ambassador program by ShesConnected. I received compensation in exchange for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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  1. eating more vegetables and fresh fruit, and I walk with the kids instead of taking the bus whenever possible (i don’t drive)

  2. Hoping bike riding season comes sooner than later. Other than that, walking wherever we can. Starbucks is 5km round trip on a trail.

  3. My family and I love sports and we also go with whatever is in season. In the winter, we ski and in the summer, we swim, go for walks, play soccer, etc. We also try to eat healthy and avoid processed foods.

  4. my son is very active as he participates in sports and hockey,and is always outside walking.. myself & hubby tries to get out for a walk ,when it isnt too cold!

  5. We are trying to eat more healthy foods and hope once the weather gets nicer and not so much ice out there we can get out and do some walking!

  6. I have been cooking and baking from Anne Lindsay’s cookbooks. Her recipe for Thai Honey Chicken is a family favourite.

  7. we go for many walks, we swim, we bike ride, and when the weather is to cold outside we play tag inside and we do work outs in the house. the list goes on and on

  8. My kids and I walk, almost every where. We walk to school(eldest is in school), to do laundry, to grocery shop, to the park, to doctors appointments.

  9. We cut right down on our sodium intake. We look at product ingredients before we buy them and try to eat healthy. We do not eat out very much at all now (which was a huge feat for us) and we try to walk a little more each day. We don’t go for long walks but when going to the store, we will walk instead of driving. Can’t wait for the spring time to hop on our bikes again!

  10. We are eating healthier and getting active together. Our deep fryer has been replaced by a slow cooker which also has us eating less Take Out :-)

  11. Throughout the winter – we go public skating on Sun afternoons and during the week, we go to a small rink, outdoor, made by the town. It’s nice and cute and just as fun.

  12. I’m adding short walks in between chores. Also cooking larger batches of healthy meals so we’re not tempted to eat processed food on busy days!

  13. To stay active my grandchildren take dancing and swimming lessons year round. They also like to ride bikes, sled, and jump on the trampoline. All these things keep them active. A lot of these are family activities.

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