American Heart Month

February 2022

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The Heart of the Matter

Did you know the heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing many millions of gallons of nutrient-rich blood to every organ, tissue and cell in the body. This never-ending and almost unfathomable workload of the heart illustrates how critical it is for us to embrace heart-healthy behaviors.

In this edition of Positive Pulse, download the Smola Consulting Heart Healthy Challenge, register for the Speaker Series, access the Berkeley Happiness Calendar, and if you're looking for a special way to connect with your significant other, join former Speaker Series guest Michael Lee and Lori Bashour for an online couples mindful date night.

Remember to take the hearth healthy quiz for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card!

Life's Simple 7 Heart Healthy Challenge

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The American Heart Association has defined ideal cardiovascular health based on seven risk factors (Life's Simple 7) that people can improve through lifestyle changes: smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. The Smola Consulting Wellness Team created a self-directed Heart Healthy Challenge designed to encourage behaviors that improve heart health. Grab a family member, friend, neighbor or colleague and start your path to a healthier heart today! Challenge calendar is attached in the email and linked in the button below!

The best way to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease is to understand your individual risk factors. Visit the CDC Heart Disease resource page to learn more about risk factors, and the lifestyle changes that can help mitigate any existing or future risk.

Access Life's Simple 7, My Life Check, for an interactive online tool that helps assess and track heart health information to gain a better understanding of your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Heart Healthy Challenge Calendar

The activities in this challenge help to establish habits and behaviors as they relate to the AHA's Life's Simple 7. When you get to Week 2 in the challenge see if you can carry over the activities from Week 1, repeating week after week.

2022 Smola Consulting Speaker Series

Smola Consulting is proud to announce that we will be hosting another wellness speaker event! Join us on February 24th @ 7:00 PM for the Science of Yoga, presented by world-renowned yoga teachers and co-founders of the premium streaming platform, Inner Dimension Media TV, Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom.

Click HERE to learn more about the 2022 Wellness Speaker Series

A Heart-Centered Valentine's Day Event

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Join former Speaker Series guest, Michael Lee and his wife Lori Bashour, for a guided partner yoga experience, where you will connect through mindful touch, meditation, reflection and introspection. A special time to reconnect and rekindle the flame of love in a most beautiful way. This workshop is live and online - you need to be with your partner in the same room, able to touch and with space to move. No yoga experience is necessary. The objectives of this class are to:

  • Deepen Connection - Use body focus and mindful touch to deepen connection.
  • Deepen Acceptance - Appreciate the gifts you each bring to your relationship.
  • Slow Down - Give each other the gift of time, attention, and deep listening.
  • Celebrate - Celebrate the love you share.

LINK: Valentine's Day Date Night

100% Discount Code: SMOLA100

2022 February Happiness Calendar

The Berkeley Greater Good Happiness Calendar is a day-by-day guide to well-being. This month, we hope it helps you find hope and courage. To open the clickable calendar, click on the image to the left.

Take the Heart Health Quiz

Click here to take the quiz & be entered to win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card! Hint: Answers can be found on the CDC Heart Disease website. Make sure to click through the tabs on the left hand side to find answers. Good luck!

“The problem with heart disease is that the first symptom is often fatal.” — Michael Phelps

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