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Heart Disease: It’s All About Women

The startling figures could make your heart stop.  More women die from heart disease than men.  Every minute a woman in the U.S. dies from cardiovascular disease.  And while breast cancer is a killer, heart disease kills more women than all the cancers combined. February is Heart Month. Women and the people who love them need to pay attention and  become educated about heart disease that can start in childhood.  It is an equal opportunity killer.  To learn about risk factors and prevention go to http://www.heart.org/Atlantagored. Everyone in this picture has been affected by heart disease?  But can you pick the one who has heart disease and was saved by a device she wears constantly? From the right:  Dr. Tara Hrobowski, Monica Pearson, Joy Holmes, Diane Gatchalian, Marie Marsden. To get involved in the movement, wear red on National Wear Red Day on February 3;  go to Macy’s and buy a red dress pin and receive a discount from February 1-6; visit Haverty’s near Perimeter Mall anytime between February 2-9 (I’ll be there on the 7th at 2 p.m.) and take a picture on the Red Couch and share on social media; attend or sponsor a table at the Atlanta Go Red for Women Luncheon and Wellness Expo February 10 at the Georgia Aquarium, where there will be free health screenings.  All the money raised from the luncheon goes to research and programs that prevent and treat heart disease in Atlanta.  Women have very different symptoms from men when it comes to cardiovascular disease. Now to answer the question;  which woman in the picture has heart disease? It is Mrs. Marsden, far left in the picture.  She was diagnosed with post-partum dilated cardiomyopathy, induced by pregnancy, four months after the birth of her son, 14 years ago.  She wears an implantable defibrillator and was saved by something else she wears, called a LVAD, when driving her son to school on I-75 last year.  Hear her amazing story by listening to the podcast of my show on heart disease.  It will be up Tuesday at http://www.kiss104fm.com.          

Getting and Staying Fit in 2017

We all want to look and feel good, that’s why getting fit is the number one resolution every New Year.  But how to go about it past January?  Kimberly Alexander provides answers on my show Sunday, January 8, 2017 from noon-3 p.m..  She knows what she’s talking about as a licensed professional counselor, a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. Here is an email she shared with me that could be a big help to you.  And it is a preview of my program. “Let’s be deliberate about your goals for not only this year but for life! Incremental steps coupled with accountability and persistence are what will help you cross things off your to do list and walk into your destiny. Here is the assignment I gave my children to complete and return to me in 10 days. I invite you to do the same! Timeliness is of the essence! ******** Welcome to 2017. In the next 10 days reply to the following regarding establishing your goals for this year. Include at least 1-2 goals for each category: **Spiritual goal Include things like beginning a plan to read/study the Bible daily, daily prayer with a prayer partner, join a church, attend a spiritual retreat. **Community/External impact goal Select a charity organization to support financially AND with your time, volunteer as a tutor or mentor in an area where you are skilled, identify a cause and develop a plan to provide support. **Health/Wellness goal Set a goal for lifestyle changes including joining a fitness challenge or gym, work with a trainer or nutritionist and learn wellness skills, identify a weight goal. Include self care tasks such as set a goal for nightly sleep and learn/implement mental health related coping skills. Try a new fitness format of interest. **Financial goal Set an amount to save in liquid funds and a plan to do so. Identify a personal debt to resolve. Develop an idea to generate residual income. Don’t forget that GIVING is an integral component of financial success. **Career/Education goal Create a plan to achieve your next desired goal at work or in school. This may mean start to work in your true field of interest. Apply.   Do self help tasks such as read a book on a topic of career interest or self improvement. **Stretch goal Identify a goal that is completely outside of your comfort zone and that requires preparation, implementation and support from another. This may include running a marathon or a 5K or 10K, climbing Stone Mountain, or taking a public speaking class. It should be personal and require a concerted effort – one you’re not certain you can complete. **Purge goal Identify 2-3 things you need to shed or modify in your life. These things have a pattern of hindering, delaying, or sabotaging your progress. It may be an alcohol or other substance addiction, a negative spirit, unforgiveness towards another, or other distracting, poor habits (excessive gaming, gambling, etc.) THIS IS INTERNALLY FOCUSED and should not be directed towards the others. For example, ending a relationship with a toxic friend would not be considered a purge goal. While you may think it hinders you, it doesn’t actually change anything in you. The goal here is to shed or modify YOU. Every company takes an inventory and sets goals for the year and you are the CEO of your life and should do the very same. “—Kimberly Alexander

Christmas Angels

  There are angels watching over me, I truly believe.  At Christmas time my collection of black angels are on display, just like my black Santas.  At least now, they aren’t as difficult to find as they used to be.  Between the angels and the nativity scene, I am reminded Jesus is the reason for the season.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.  Merry Christmas!!

Christmas with Monica and John

Love this time of year and wanted to show you how it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house.  Merry Christmas!!!

TMZ: Kobe Bryant welcomes third child

Maggie Brown-Kidd Turns 112 and going strong!

Happy Birthday to Maggie Kidd who turned 112 on December 8, 2016 and continues to be the oldest living person in Clayton County and the state of Georgia! Listen to the full interview here Happy Birthday, Maggie kidd. 112 and still going strong!

Jones County Deputies Searching for Missing Man

Joe Frank Ussery Sr. has dementia and likes to walk where ever he goes. If you have information about Joe Frank Ussery Sr CALL Jones County Sheriff Department at 478-986-3489 or 478-986-3479. Click for more details.
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