February 15

Wellness Wednesday: Beat It

Michael Jackson’s hit single “Beat It” won two Grammy Awards and was featured as one of Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s a tune people love to hear, with a beat that continues to live on.

There is a beat highly regarded at the Authority as well, and it comes from your heart.

Research shows a heart-healthy diet can prevent cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, 90 percent of Americans consume too much sodium, which increases risk of high blood pressure – a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.

Let’s be honest: It’s a challenge to switch over to a heart-healthy lifestyle, but it’s never too late to start. We believe when employees make heart-healthy choices, it creates a positive work environment and stronger work teams.

In recognition of Heart Health Month, the Authority challenges you to beat it (heart disease). Get your blood pressure checked and feed your heart with these suggestions:

Day 1: Eat purple foods, such as blueberries, plums or purple grapes

Day 2: Choose low-fat or non-dairy products

Day 3: Pick whole grain foods

Day 4: Drink water to wash away waste, nourish your body, increase your energy, and focus your attention

Day 5: Go nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios or peanuts)

Day 6: Treat yourself to a small square of dark chocolate (you deserve it)

Your healthy heartbeat is the GWCCA’s favorite tune, so stay on beat as we make beautiful music together.

Contact Human Resources @ 404-223-4400 or (912)-447-4052 for a complete list of wellness options.