By Yvonne StegallThe Economic Development Alliance forOscoda County is once again having their 4 5 6Entrepreneurship Competition. This competitionhelps promote businesses and entrepreneurs inthe Oscoda County area. This years entry dead-line is February 10th. Applications can be pickedup at the EDAOC office located in Mio.How the competition works is that you firstapply with your new business idea, or expansionidea for an existing business. Application infor-mation includes the type of business, your productsand services, targeted cus-tomers, 500 words aboutthe business or expansion,and 250 words on theimpact your business willhave on the Oscoda County area. It's all about what youcan do for this expanding county. After the deadline, all of the applications willbe reviewed and four semi-finalists will be cho-sen and notified during the week of February 17th, and then they will be able to do a six minute presentation the week of February 24th. Your six minute presentation is meant to con-vince the board of how and why your business isa good idea for this area.The individual, or partnership, chosen will beeligible for up to $5,000 of business relatedexpenses plus $5,000 of in-kind assistance,beginning in March 2014. Last year's winner was Roxanne Striggow of Amish Country Natural Products. Anyone that has visited thisamazing little store can see the healthy impact itis making on the area. If you would like to apply, or just want somemore info on the competition, contact theEDAOC at 989-826-5777 email@example.com.By Deb Hagen-Foley February is American Heart Month, as pro-claimed by President Obama, making 2014 the50th year for this distinction. Your heart willpump 5000 to 6000 quarts of blood per day. Over your lifetime, it will work harder than any othermuscle in your body. Cardiovascular disease is the number one causeof death for both men and women. About onemillion people in the United States die of heartdisease annually. Someone dies of cardiovasculardisease every 33 seconds. Cardiovascular diseaseaccounts for 1 in 4 of all deaths in the U.S. Attention to the issue of cardiovascular health hasmade a difference. Deaths from cardiovasculardiseases have dropped nearly 1 million per yearsince the 1960's, while the population has grownby more than 129 million. Women are less likely to believe cardiovasculardisease is a concern for them. It is important toknow your risks for cardiovascular disease.Cardiovascular disease is often preventable by changing the behaviors that can put you at risk. Adopting healthier habits - getting regular exer-cise, eating diets rich in fruits and vegetables, low in salt, saturated fat, and cholesterol - can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, your risk for cardiovascular disease is greater if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high lev-els of bad cholesterol, are overweight or a smoker.Having diabetes as an adult doubles or evenquadruples the likelihood of heart disease or astroke. By controlling diabetes through lifestylechanges and/or medication, the risk of heart dis-ease is reduced. High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder with every beat. Women are more likely todevelop high blood pressure if they have a family history of heart disease, are 20 or more poundsoverweight, or have reached menopause. Highblood pressure can't be cured, but can be man-aged through lifestyle changes. High blood pres-sure can be controlled through maintaining ahealthy body weight and increasing physicalactivity and eating a diet low in saturated fat, sodi-um, cholesterol and alcohol. Cholesterol occurs naturally in the body. Overtime, the substance hardens, narrowing the artery walls, reducing blood flow and causing blockagesresulting in blood clots. These clots can cause aheart attack or stroke. It is important to maintaincholesterol at healthy level for the health of yourheart. Strive to maintain overall cholesterol at 200mg/dl or below and LDL at 100 mg/dl or below. There is evidence that maintaining HDL, orhealthy cholesterol at 60 mg/dl or above can helpto remove plaque from the arteries. High levels of LDL or "bad cholesterol" can cause a build upalong the inside walls of the arteries. You mighthave a family history of high levels of LDL choles-terol, which can increase your risk as well. Lowerlevels of LDL can be achieved through eating adiet low in saturated fats, transfats and choles-terol. Being overweight, particularly carrying excess weight around the waist, increases the risk forheart disease. Excess weight makes the heart work harder, raises blood pressure, increases therisk of diabetes and increases levels of LDL (bad)cholesterol. Increase your activity levels and fol-low a healthy eating plan to lose weight.Exercising moderately for thirty minutes five daysper week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30-40% and the risk of stroke by 25% over those who are not active. If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the bestthings you can do for your health. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 2to 4 times over non-smokers. Women who smokehave a 25 percent higher risk of developing heartdisease than male smokers. Overall, smoking willreduce your life expectancy by 13 or more years. Learn your risk factors for heart disease during American Heart Month and commit to taking good care of your heart for years to come.
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