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Are You an Ace of Hearts?
Test your heart I.Q. Take our quiz on the
back cover of this issue.
Cover photo: Gloria and Darrell Irwin
Location: Planet Rock; Pontiac
Photos by: John Sobczak
Heart Health Quiz Answers
Remember One Thing
between menopause and
Got Two Minutes? Get a
Are you due
for this lifesaving screening?
Hearing Loss – A Budding
and earbuds may block noise
… for good.
Are You An Ace of Hearts?
Heart Health Quiz
Take Date Night to New
New ideas for
creating a fun and active
To Discover Your Plan for
Success … Discover Yourself
Success takes part planning …
and part self-reflection.
Surefire Stress Busters
Easy ideas to combat stress.
Women Helping Women
HAP Wise Woman
share their lifestyle tips.
You Ask. We Answer.
HAP answers your questions.
C Is Above Average
The surprising things
vitamin C can do for you
and where to get it.
Balsamic Strawberries with
Whipped Neufchatel Cheese
questions answered here.
Put Yourself Out There
an outdoor activity you love.
Calendar of Events
Donna M. Nuznoff
Diane Edwards, R.N.
Irita Matthews, M.P.H., J.D.
Susan Schwandt, A.P.R.
Senior Marketing Specialist
Ace of Hearts Quiz Answers:
1. False. Busy doesn’t equal active. Get
30 minutes of low to moderate intensity
exercise. 2. True. Heart disease is twice as
common in people who aren’t physically
active. 3. False. Fit women have lower
rates of heart disease than fit men.
4. False. You only need 30 minutes a day.
This can be two 15-minute daily walks.
5. False. Aerobic exercises, like walking
or jogging, are best to help your heart
and lungs. 6. False. Consult your doctor.
Regular physical activity after a heart
attack can improve chances for survival.
20 Distinctive Dates
Hit the batting cages.
Pack a picnic supper and watch
the sun set. Bring candles (in jars).
Schedule a spa night.
Take a gardening class, then plant
healthy herbs and veggies.
Go canoeing or kayaking.
Play Frisbee at the park.
Rent a tandem bike.
Go horseback riding.
Go to the gym.
Play tennis or badminton.
Fly kites together.
Go rock climbing.
Go for a hike.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Take a cooking class …then,
each week, shop for ingredients
and cook together.
When couples first start dating many think they’ll never run out of
things to talk about. Over time it becomes clear most conversations
revolve around their children and their finances. Have you ever gone
out to dinner and had long silences? After several years together,
couples may have trouble finding new subjects to talk about.
This experience isn’t unusual, says Pam Green, M.A., L.L.P., with
HAP Coordinated Behavioral Health Management. “Long-term
relationships require a lot of effort. You and your spouse or significant
other are working at a lot of things … your job, raising kids, paying
for the house, and it’s easy to neglect that relationship. You share the
same goals, but you lose track of who that other person really is. A
regular date night is a good way to address that.”
Stepping Out … of Your Comfort Zone
Like your body, your relationship also needs nourishment and variety.
When planning a date night, think beyond dinner and a movie. “You
might try different things … it can be a challenge to plan something
you both enjoy,” acknowledges Pam. “But it’s important to keep
building mutual interests. Look at what you’ve been doing as a family,
and expand on that. If you’ve spent years watching your children
play hockey, go ice skating. Compromise and try new things. Explore
dancing and exercise classes. One friend of mine took yoga, and her
husband now goes with her once a week. One couple I know bought
snowshoes – another, treasure hunts at garage sales. Take a college
art course. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and money, just a
Take Date Night to
Struggling with what to say? Here are a few ideas:
Ask about the best vacation he ever had.
What are five things he’d like to do before he’s 70?
Who was the best teacher he ever had, and why?
If he could have a conversation with any famous
person, who would it be, and why?
Which physical attribute do you like best about
How has your partner enriched your life? Tell him.
HAP Members Gloria and Darrell Irwin
enjoy rock climbing together.