Monday, February 17, 2014

Healthy hearts and healthy babies

February is American Heart Month and Wise Healthcare Consumer Month.

Let's begin with the heart.

We probably all have known someone who's had a heart attack, suffered a stroke, or undergone heart bypass surgery.  Even today, heart disease remains the leading cause of death of men and women in the United States, and according to the CDC, it's most prevalent in the South.

While those facts are sobering, this is a good time to focus on being proactive, doing everything we can to ensure we're around a long time, for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

The good news is there are several risk factors for heart disease that we can control, including diet, blood pressure, cholesterol, and exercise.

It's the latter I want to focus on today.  The Surgeon General recommends adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week.  When I first read that, my eyes bulged out!  That can seem impossible, especially when you add children to the equation.  

One of the easiest ways I found to exercise after I had Emma was to walk with friends while pushing her in a stroller.  She loved it, and this way I was able to make sure I got in some physical activity while not having to worry about where to leave her.

I used the Bumbleride Indie stroller with Emma.  But I've already decided that once the new baby arrives, I'm going to use a baby carrier.  That way, with Emma running around, I can at least keep one child with me at all times.  We carry the BabyBjorn Carriers at Cloud 9 -- original, active, and miracle.  

As I mentioned earlier, February is also Wise Healthcare Consumer Month.  I'll be honest:  I'm a mom, and I want to choose the healthiest products that I can for my child.  That's why we try and offer many health-conscious products at Cloud 9.

Two product lines that I use all the time with Emma are Aden+Anais (lotion, hair & body wash, ointment and laundry care) and Supergoop, which is a new line we just recently started carrying.  

We love both of these product lines and they have worked well for us.  You can check out all our health-conscious products online at www.shopcloud9.com.  If there's a product we don't offer that you'd like for us to carry, please leave a comment and let us know.

Here's to healthy hearts and healthy children, for many Februaries to come!!

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