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11 Tips To Help Celebrate American Heart Month!

bigelow tea wear red healthRed is Bigelow Tea’s favorite color this month! “Go big or go home” they say, so we’re pulling out all the stops to mark American Heart Month this year. We started by grabbing our most-loved red clothing items (and what a great chance to wear that red lipstick sitting in the drawer!) for National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have a “Healthy Eating Challenge” throughout the month of February for all employees, and we have our “Exercise Challenge” where we are urged to exercise 30 minutes, 3 times per week throughout the month.  So why should we all put so much “heart” into this month? Let’s get serious for a second. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can all make a difference by getting the below important info out to friends and family:

  1. study by the Boston University School of Medicine found a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease, and we’ve mentioned before that black tea, studies say, has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.
  2. Educate yourself on the signs/symptoms of heart disease
  3. Visit your physician for a regular check up
  4. Eat nutritious food
  5. Exercise daily
  6. If you smoke – make the effort to quit
  7. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  8. Try to manage your stress through relaxation techniques/meditation
  9. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol
  10. Help others by encouraging them to join you
  11. Laugh loud and laugh often!

How are you taking care of your heart this month? Post a pic, either in your fave red outfit or while doing a heart-healthy activity, and tag  #TeaProudly. (Extra points if it features a cup of Bigelow tea!)

It’s All in the Family: Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Family Month

Bigelow Tea celebrates National Family Month.

Courtesy of Familymonth.net.

“The family is the nucleus of civilization.”

Will and Ariel Durant

Family is the most precious and powerful force of human life. It is the safe harbor where support, comfort and unconditional love is given and received — the springboard from which children grow, learn and succeed. With this in mind, National Family Month® is celebrated annually from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Established by KidsPeace®, one of America’s oldest and largest not-for-profit organizations serving children and families nationwide, National Family Month is all about giving kids peace by affirming the family. This year, the national celebration of the American family will focus on three themes: grandparents, foster families and crisis prevention. In recent years, the role of child caregiver has shifted dramatically from parents to grandparents, aunts, uncles and foster parents. These men and women are being honored for their contribution to building strong families, ensuring that children enjoy and flourish in a safe environment.

At Bigelow Tea, we revere family. Our company, founded over sixty years ago by Ruth Campbell Bigelow, is lovingly tended by generations of Bigelows. We embrace our employees and their families as part of the extended Bigelow family, and are deeply committed to strengthening family ties — by sharing traditional activities as simple as a return to the family picnic on a lovely Sunday afternoon!  We’re also dedicated to that larger family — the community. Enthusiastic participants in our community, we organize events like the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge — which benefits many organizations, such as the Fairfield YMCA. The entire Bigelow team is also active in dynamic family-oriented programs like Habitat for Humanity. So please join us in commemorating the single most important unit — the family!