My office is having a “Lite-Hearted Rememberance Lunch” for our coworker that passed away a few months ago of a heart attack. I’m so happy that they are doing this in honor of him, and I think it’s a great idea to have our celebration focused on heart health – I think he would have enjoyed it.
We’re having a professor speak to us, who is also a fellow of the American Heart Association, so I am very excited to hear what he has to say. I think this will be a good time for everyone in our offices to spend time together and celebrate his life. Although I never hung out with this coworker after hours, he was definitely the goof ball in the office – you could always count on him for a laugh, he was always in a good mood, and he was so kind to everyone. I miss seeing him in the office, I miss his contagious laugh that you could hear down the hallway. It is definitely not the same in here without him.
We were given the option of bringing a heart-healthy dish to share, so I made a couscous salad.
- whole wheat couscous
- black olives
- fresh parsley
- lemon juice
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- fat free feta
I am taking my camera, but I’m not sure what the mood will be like- I’m hoping I can at least document everything that happens at our celebration.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that heart health/heart disease is an issue that is very close to my heart and my family. I think sometimes that I am in the wrong profession after seeing and dealing with all the heart issues in my family in the past couple of years! I know so much more now than I did 3 years ago, and it really has changed my life for the better.
If you’d like to know more about heart health, here’s some links to the Heart Health series I did a few months ago, plus a link to the stories in my own family:
My Family History
Heart attacks don’t only happen to overweight men in their 50’s.
It is now the number one killer of women in the US.
Nick’s dad looked perfectly healthy and fit from the outside when he had his heart attack and needed emergency open heart surgery.
My mom is the total opposite of all the “normal characteristics” of heart attack victims, and she now has 4 stents in her heart.
My grandfather passed away of a massive heart attack when he had no previous heart issues – totally out of nowhere.
You are the only one that can take care of your heart.
Cherish it, work it, feed it, stretch it, fill it, love it.
Don’t ever take it for granted.
Here’s a little fun stuff to cheer up this post:
- Meghann is offering up some cool stuff – check it out!
- Courtney has a pretty neat tea giveaway, too!
- Jenn got engaged! She’s not giving the ring away, but it is a cute story to read – congrats!
- Check out the humongous giveaway over at An Apple a Day
See you for a fun family dinner!