Monthly Archives: March 2018

Healthy Heart

What is heart disease?

When people talk about heart disease, they are usually talking about coronary heart disease (CHD). It’s also called coronary artery disease (CAD). This is the most common type of heart disease. When someone has CHD, the coronary arteries (tubes) that take blood to the heart are narrow or blocked. This happens when cholesterol and fatty material, called plaque, build up inside the arteries. – Web MD

Ways to prevent Heart Disease:

*Eat healthy.
*Get active.
*Stay at a healthy weight.
*Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
*Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
*If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
*Manage stress.

Am I at risk for heart disease? Everyone is at risk for heart disease. But you are at higher risk for heart disease if you:

*Have high cholesterol or high blood pressure
*Smoke
*Are overweight or obese
*Don’t get enough physical activity
*Don’t eat a healthy diet

Your age and family history also affect your risk for heart disease. Your risk is higher if:

*You are a woman over age 55
*You are a man over age 45
*Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
*Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

But the good news is there’s a lot you can do to prevent heart disease!

Control your cholesterol and blood pressure -High cholesterol and high blood pressure can cause heart disease and heart attack. If your cholesterol or blood pressure numbers are high, you can take steps to lower them. Get your cholesterol checked. – It’s important to get your cholesterol checked at least every 4 to 6 years. Some people will need to get it checked more or less often (I have to get my checked every 90 days). Get your blood pressure checked – Starting at age 18, get your blood pressure checked regularly. High blood pressure has no signs or symptoms.

Best Practices:

*Get active: Getting active can help prevent heart disease. Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. This includes walking fast, dancing, and biking. If you are just getting started, try walking for 10 minutes a day, a few days each week. Then add more activity over time.
*Stay at a healthy weight: People who are overweight or obese are at an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight or obese, losing just 10 pounds can lower your risk of heart disease. Find out how to control your weight.
*Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke: Quitting smoking helps lower your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for free support and to set up your plan for quitting. Avoiding secondhand smoke is important, too so keep your home smoke-free. If you have guests who smoke, ask them to smoke outside. If someone in your home smokes, use these tips to start a conversation about quitting.
*Manage stress: Managing stress can help prevent serious health problems like heart disease, depression, and high blood pressure. Deep breathing and meditation are good ways to relax and manage stress.

You can always read more at the American Heart Association  ❤

The Family Business

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Carl Weber is a New York Times and #1 Essence® bestselling novelist. In addition to his writing, Weber is the founder and publisher of Urban Books and in 2005, he was named Blackboard’s Publisher of the Year. He is the owner of the Urban Knowledge chain of book stores and a past recipient of Blackboard’s Bookseller of the Year award.

I never would have imagined this series would have turned out the way it has. Carl Weber is such a talented writer, it’s hard to keep up! I started this series back in 2012! 😳 I believe that shows why I rated the series 5 stars. Every book is a page turner, and we are 8 books in, and I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.

LC Duncan is the owner of Duncan Motors, the largest African American owned dealership chain. I found that fact alone to be quite interesting, you don’t hear of too many families owning a dealership. LC had very humble beginnings, and the only one of his brothers to graduate from college. LC was smart, motivated, and driven. Without providing too much information, it’s a lot going on in this dealership! Things you couldn’t even imagine, because as stated LC runs one of the most respected car dealerships.

Prior to moving to New York city, LC was beyond smitten by a young lady named Chippy. I always say nothing worth having comes easy, and Chippy did not. Chippy didn’t attend the same college LC did, or any college at all. She was very different from the person he started out with, a nice young lady named Donna. LC preferred his women a little more grounded like himself, and Donna was a little too uppity to keep his interest. After all sorts of drama LC and Chippy ended up together, and oddly enough Donna never leaves the picture. The couple has 5 kids; Junior, Orlando, Paris, London, and Rio. As you can see the names are a bit extreme, and trust their lifestyle matches exactly who they are.

I highly recommend getting started with this series. You can purchase his books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Happy reading! 📚

Chronological order of books, and visuals:

The Grand Opening

Grand Opening 2

To Paris with Love

No More Mr. Nice Guy

The Family Business

The Family Business 2

The family Business 3

The Family Business 4