Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and it’s not a coincidence that American Heart Month coincides with this holiday. Unfortunately, there are still so many individuals who believe it is necessary to be in a “relationship” to participate in the gift giving festivities of Valentine’s Day. But the joy of giving and receiving is that it can go beyond “relationships” and focus on the one person you should prioritize the most – YOU!
That is why, this year, try giving something different. Be thoughtful and generous by giving a gift that will last a lifetime. Maximize your Life Expectancy by Giving the Gift of a Healthy Heart! #AmericanHeartMonth
Here are some ALTERNATE GIFT SUGGESTIONS:
DARK CHOCOLATE: Well, not really an alternate, but of course the suggestions have to start with chocolate. It is Valentine’s Day, after all. But instead of reaching for the white or milk chocolate, substitute it with dark. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can have benefits for your heart when consumed in moderation. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Flavanols are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate. In addition to having antioxidant qualities, research shows that flavanols have other potential influences on vascular health, such as lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and able to clot.” 
RAW HONEY: Raw Honey has become a staple suggestion for health promotion in the last few years, but it is often mistaken for any honey. It has a number of benefits, but as it pertains to the heart, can aid in lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. There are two types of honey, Raw and Commercial. Most of us, when we go to the supermarket, intend to do the right thing for our health and purchase honey. Quite often, though, what is sold in the supermarket is Commercial Honey. Commercial Honey is heavily processed and exposed to high heat which destroys the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Raw Honey is not filtered in this same regard and is not exposed to a heat above 95 degrees, which is the temperature of the beehive. This is turn, preserves the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Your best bet is to purchase local honey, as the bees are exposed to the local vegetation.
Stony Point Pharmacy has teamed with PRITCHETT APIARIES of Pearl River, NY to provide their source of local honey. They offer packaged honey which would make a thoughtful gift. According to their description, their product is “naturally foraged honey from the bounty of Lower Hudson Valley and Bergen County NJ.”
YOGA CLASS: The benefits of yoga have long been studied and, according to Julie Corliss, Executive Editor of the Harvard Heart Letter, “Performing a variety of yoga postures gently stretches and exercises muscles … Deep breathing can help lower blood pressure. Mind-calming meditation … quiets the nervous system and eases stress. All of these improvements may help prevent heart disease, and can definitely help people with cardiovascular problems.” This makes for a great opportunity for a gift for your significant other and yourself. The suggestion is to take a block of classes to find both the class which is most suited for you and the instructor which you feel most comfortable. 
The North Rockland area has several different locations which offer Yoga Classes.
EXERCISE ROUTINE: By now, any good intention to begin an exercise routine as a New Year’s Resolution has faded, and that’s okay. Alas, redemption! The joy of an exercise routine as a New Year’s Resolution is it does not have wait until next January! February is American Heart Month, which means, any day is a good day to begin an exercise routine. But for Valentine’s Day, what better gift to give yourself than an activity which will make you stronger, more focused, feel better, and most importantly, give your heart the workout it craves! You’ve wanted an excuse to start an exercise routine, now is the perfect opportunity. DAILY BURN has suggestions for Valentine’s Day workouts WITH your partner. (Disclaimer: ALWAYS consult with your physician before beginning any workout routine to ensure you will not put yourself at risk for injury.)
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BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR: This is by far the least sexy of the items on this list, but it is one of the most practical and has its benefits. If you’ve been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure, it is always recommended you monitor your blood pressure. The automatic Blood Pressure Monitor is not a glamorous item to own, which is why you may have been putting off purchasing one. If you need an excuse to purchase it, here it is: According the the National Institute of Health Research, “People with high blood pressure are more likely to have their blood pressure controlled after 12 months if they self-monitor AND receive counselling … compared with usual monitoring in the clinic.” Recommendations for monitoring your Blood Pressure can be found by clicking this link to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. 
STONY POINT PHARMACY is a retailer of OMRON PRODUCTS, and will guide you to the monitor which will best suit your needs.
As always, Stony Point Pharmacy would like to thank all of their customers for their continued patronage.
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NOTE: This post is intended to provide suggestions and is not intended to take the place of any medical advice provided by your physician. If you are unsure about its content, please contact Kenneth Pearson at the above e-mail address. You may also contact your physician for further clarification, as they are the most versed in your healthcare, and will be able to provide you with ample guidance.
*Stony Point Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy located in Stony Point, NY. It has been in operation since 1956, with the current owner in operation since 1985.
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