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Pet Your Furry Friend – And Take Care of Your Heart – This Valentine’s Day

Celebrate the holiday with heart-healthy tips from CU Anschutz

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Written by Guest Contributor on February 13, 2020

Valentine's Day. It's the day of the heart and everything associated with this most vital organ – love, longing, health. That thumping organ in your chest is the veritable timekeeper – and emotional center – of your life.

Following is a list of heart-healthy ways to celebrate Valentine's Day and American Heart Health Month.

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  • Thinking of taking date night up a notch with a cooking lesson? Check out the Culinary Medicine Cooking Classes offered by the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. Classes are free for members and just $8 for nonmembers. Upcoming sessions include chicken tzatziki bowls inspired by the Mediterranean diet (Feb. 18) and diabetes-friendly mushroom Bolognese over spaghetti squash (Feb. 25). All classes are taught by registered dieticians and include plenty of tasty samples.

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  • Finally, to give your heart and overall wellness a boost, make a gift today to support education, care and research at CU Anschutz! Don’t just take our word for it – researchers at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley have found a number of health benefits from giving, from reducing blood pressure to increasing the “love hormone” oxytocin and beyond.  

Guest contributor: Emily Lefferts, philanthropic liaison, CU Anschutz Medical Campus