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Heart to Heart with Anna

Anna Jaworski

"Heart to Heart with Anna" is the longest-running podcast devoted to the congenital heart defect (CHD) community. Our shows feature Survivors, family members, medical professionals and others in the CHD community who wish to share their stories, expertise, and advice. This show is devoted to empowering, educating and enriching the lives of members of the CHD community.

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Meeting Rachael and Sam: Hosts of ‘From the Heart Podcast’
21-06-2022
Meeting Rachael and Sam: Hosts of ‘From the Heart Podcast’
Why would an Australian support group start a podcast? Why is it valuable to have ‘HeartKids’ doing interviews? What topics interest Aussies who listen to this podcast?Sam Stolberg and Rachael Knowles are the hosts of 'From the Heart,' a podcast by HeartKids - the only national charity solely focused on supporting people impacted by childhood heart disease based in Australia. Childhood heart disease (CHD) includes both congenital conditions, and heart conditions acquired during childhood. HeartKids seeks to give everyone with CHD  a fighting chance to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. ‘From the Heart’ explores stories of people impacted by CHD. Sam's CHD didn't affect him much growing up, as he played high-level rugby league throughout high school. Then all of a sudden he needed open-heart surgery at the age of 26. Rachael grew up in a small town and vowed never to let her heart condition (tricuspid atresia) get in the way. However, she found herself pushing through rather than processing the trauma she experienced, and sought professional help. Both Sam and Rachael understand the importance of advocating for yourself, being proactive with your mental health and resilience, and so much more. In this episode, they will be talking about their experiences and the podcast.Helpful Links:'From the Heart 'Podcast:  podcast episode: podcast episode: organization Rachael mentioned which has helped her so much): Family Planning Alliance Australia: @HeartKidsAustraliaIG: @heartkidsSam Stolberg IG: @ronin.stolzRachael Knowles IG: @rachaelknowles_Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple Podcasts: the show
Meeting Rachael and Sam: Hosts of ‘From the Heart Podcast’
21-06-2022
Meeting Rachael and Sam: Hosts of ‘From the Heart Podcast’
Why would an Australian support group start a podcast? Why is it valuable to have ‘HeartKids’ doing interviews? What topics interest Aussies who listen to this podcast?Sam Stolberg and Rachael Knowles are the hosts of 'From the Heart,' a podcast by HeartKids - the only national charity solely focused on supporting people impacted by childhood heart disease based in Australia. Childhood heart disease (CHD) includes both congenital conditions, and heart conditions acquired during childhood. HeartKids seeks to give everyone with CHD  a fighting chance to live a long, healthy, and fulfilling life. ‘From the Heart’ explores stories of people impacted by CHD. Sam's CHD didn't affect him much growing up, as he played high-level rugby league throughout high school. Then all of a sudden he needed open-heart surgery at the age of 26. Rachael grew up in a small town and vowed never to let her heart condition (tricuspid atresia) get in the way. However, she found herself pushing through rather than processing the trauma she experienced, and sought professional help. Both Sam and Rachael understand the importance of advocating for yourself, being proactive with your mental health and resilience, and so much more. In this episode, they will be talking about their experiences and the podcast.Helpful Links:'From the Heart 'Podcast:  podcast episode: podcast episode: organization Rachael mentioned which has helped her so much): Family Planning Alliance Australia: @HeartKidsAustraliaIG: @heartkidsSam Stolberg IG: @ronin.stolzRachael Knowles IG: @rachaelknowles_Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple Podcasts: the show
Å leve med hypoplastisk venstre hjertesyndrom i Norge
14-06-2022
Å leve med hypoplastisk venstre hjertesyndrom i Norge
Hvordan kan en 35 år gammel HVHS hjertekriger overleve når han ble født i Norge? Hvilke spesielle hensyn måtte gjøres når han mottok helsehjelp i USA? Var denne hjertekrigeren bekymret for at barna hans også hadde en hjertefeil?Lasse Fagereng er født i Norge med HVHS. Foreldrene hans tok ham med til barnesykehuset i Philadelphia, hvor han fikk sin første operasjon bare to dager gammel av Dr. Norwood. I dag er Lasse en frisk 35-åring som eier og driver et treningssenter, og han elsker å trene. Han er gift, og har to hjertefriske sønner på 2 og 5 år. Takket være den hjelpen har fikk i Philadelphia, har Lasse en egen kjærlighet til USA, han har sitt andre hjem der som han elsker å besøke sammen med familien sin.I dag er Heidi Ingvaldsen vår gjestevert, og dette er vår første episode på norsk. Hun vil snakke med Lasse om opplevelsen med å bli født med et veldig spesielt hjerte i Norge, hvordan han etter hvert møtte kona, og bekymringene han og kona hadde angående fødselen av hans egne sønner. Til slutt vil han dele med oss hva han føler for USA, hvorfor han fortsetter å reise til USA, og hvordan COVID har påvirket virksomheten hans. Lasselitens fond for hjertesyke barn.Stiftelsens formål:- gi økonomisk støtte til hjertesyke barn og ungdom i forbindelse med hjerteoperasjoner og annen medisinsk behandling-å bidra med økonomisk støtte til forskning relatert til hjertesykdommer hos barn og ungdom-å bidre økonomisk til utstyr og material til sykehus avdelingene for hjertesyke barn-å bidra økonomisk til sosiale tiltak av ulik art for hjertesyke barn og ungdom og deres foreldre/foresatte.Søknadsfrist er 1 mars og 1 september hvert år. Henvendelser kan gjøres til Foreningen for hjertesyke barn, Postboks 222, Sentrum, 0103 Oslo. Telefonnummer 23 05 80 00 eller mail: ffhb@ffhb.no Vennligst besøk våre sosiale medier og podcast-sider:Apple Podcaster: Support the show
Beating Failure to Thrive
31-05-2022
Beating Failure to Thrive
What exactly is “Failure to Thrive”? How has one mother battled that diagnosis? What resources are available to help other families dealing with Failure to Thrive?Debi Lewis is the mom of two daughters – Ronni and Sammi. In 2005, Debi’s second daughter’s birth began what would be a nearly decade-long journey through the confusion and inefficiencies of modern pediatric specialty medicine. Initially trusting and slowly growing more frustrated, Debi learned quickly that even within the same hospital, silos had developed that kept her child from an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Through research and introspection, Debi began piecing together the mistakes and wrong turns that took her family from constant medical mystery into the final surgery that would change her daughter’s life — and her own — for good.She is the author of Kitchen Medicine: How I Fed My Daughter out of Failure to Thrive and has written for outlets including The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Huffington Post, Romper, Wired, and more. You can learn more about her at and follow her on Twitter at @growthesunshine.Helpful Links:Debi's episode on 'And That's the #Truth' with Jenny and Dan MuscatellThe 'Heart to Heart with Anna' episode on feeding tubesDebi's Information:Debi's website Debi on TwitterPlease visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagram MeWe TwitterYouTubeWebsiteIf you enjoy this program and would like to be a Patron, please check out our Patreon page: the show
Beyond the Scar: Bonding with our CHD Children
24-05-2022
Beyond the Scar: Bonding with our CHD Children
Why might a father get a tattoo to resemble his daughter's open-heart surgery chest scar? How could getting a tattoo like that change his life? What does being an advocate for the CHD community mean to Matt Backe?Matt Backe is married to his wife Laura and together they have a 10-year-old son Jack and a 4-year-old daughter named Everly, who was born with a critical heart defect. Matt went viral on the internet after having a scar tattoo on his chest to match Everly's so she wouldn't feel alone. His wife Lauren followed suit the same day, getting an EKG tattoo on her left arm. Their unique tattoos help them to raise awareness of CHD and remind other families that they are not alone. The Backes live in Crystal Lake, Illinois, where Matt is a commercial insurance salesperson and Lauren stays home to take care of the family's needs. Everly attends preschool and loves to dance. They recently celebrated her's half birthday with a trip to Disney on Ice.In this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," Matt shares with Anna why he got a tattoo of a scar on his chest, how a video of that went viral, and what it means to be a Heart Dad and a Heart Ambassador.Related links:Matt's Today.com articleMatt's NBC Chicago ArticleMatt’s Twitter account: @youngestoffive2Matt’s LinkedIn accountMatt’s wife  (Lauren) is a board member of CHD NFP LJs Healing Hearts (www.ljshealinghearts.com), a member of the Advocate Children’s Family Advisory Council, an advocate of Ronald McDonald House Charity NW Indiana & Chicagoland as well as many other CHD-related not-for-profit organizations and foundations.Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Adult Stem Cell Success Story!
17-05-2022
Adult Stem Cell Success Story!
What happens when a Fontan patient’s ejection fraction dips too low? Can a person’s heart damage be reversed? Is there hope for a cure for congenital heart defects?Brenton Ball was born in 1990. He was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome or HLHS and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa in his first week of life. He has had several heart surgeries including a pulmonary artery banding, hemi-Fontan, and completion Fontan. He's had many stents put in, a pacemaker, and two ICDs. Brenton has been married to his wife Kelsey for 5 years. They live in Iowa with their pet rabbit McBoon, a gift from Brenton’s sister last summer. They live close to their families and are a loving uncle and aunt to their four nephews and one niece. Brenton works part-time as a hotel desk clerk and enjoys reading and spending time with his family. In this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," Brenton shares with Anna what his medical journey entailed, how he came to take part in a revolutionary, new medical procedure using stem cells, and how he endured having COVID-19.Helpful links:Heartworks: Use of Stem Cells in Treatment for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)Advancements in Stem Cell Therapies and Research for HLHS Heart WarriorsStem Cells for an HLHS (hypoplastic left heart syndrome) HeartPlease visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Mom Trusting Her Gut and Finding an Expert from Afar
10-05-2022
Mom Trusting Her Gut and Finding an Expert from Afar
This episode deals with a very unusual congenital heart defect (CHD) -- a vascular ring defect. In this episode, we will be learning about what this heart defect is, how it affects the body, how the defect can be surgically managed, and how one mother took this experience and created a children's book to help other children with CHDs.Carli Valentine lives with her husband and their two sons, Finnegan and Lochlan, in Ogden, Utah. Finnegan was born with a heart defect which contributed to other medical challenges. Carli's experiences as a mother have informed her as an author. She has written several children's books that explore themes including congenital heart defects, ADHD, emotional regulation, executive dysfunction, and airway disorders. She hopes to share the magic of books with children to instill a passion for reading. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her son's school or with CHD charities.  She is the author of six children’s books including Turkey Trot, Bad Habit Rabbit and more. You can learn more about her at Linktree and follow her on Facebook.Link to Carli’s author page on The Heart Community CollectionCarli's Facebook linkCarli's Instagram linkCarli's TikTok linkCarli's YouTube channel link Carli's Goodreads link Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Beads of Courage for CHD Warriors
29-03-2022
Beads of Courage for CHD Warriors
What are Beads of Courage? Why would someone with a heart defect want to receive beads when experiencing difficulties in their medical journey? Who can benefit from the Beads of Courage program?Today’s show is Beads of Courage for CHD Warriors and our Guests are Beth Moneck and Brianna Hartmann. Beth has 6 years of experience working on a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Acute Care unit and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Clinic as a Child Life Specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. For the past 7 ½ years, she has been working with the Beads of Courage program, a not for profit organization who partners with clinicians from hospitals in the US and worldwide to provide innovative arts in medicine programs to support the emotional well-being of young people coping with serious illnesses. Brianna Hartmann is a recipient of the Beads of Courage program. She has an ASD that was repaired at 6 month of age, and is currently experiencing problems with her aortic valve and blood pressure. She is 32 and lives in Minnesota. In her spare time, she loves to play music, paint pour, and hang out with her nieces and family. Beth and Brianna share their experiences with the Beads of Courage program with Anna. You can learn more about the Beads of Courage program here: visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Heart Friends Meet for the First Time!
22-03-2022
Heart Friends Meet for the First Time!
This is a special episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna" featuring two heart friends who interacted with one another for seven years before meeting each other face-to-face in person. Anna Jaworski, our Host, was lucky to be invited to this special event. The following day, she went back to Katie, Texas to actually conduct a face-to-face interview with these long-time friends to share the excitement of the meeting and share some valuable stories sure to touch the hearts of those who listen.Do most Heart Warriors -- men and women born with congenital heart defects -- grow up knowing other Heart Warriors? Is that something that is more common today than decades ago? What kind of bond do Heart Warriors form when they come to know each other?Today’s show is 'Heart Friends Meet for the First Time!' and our Guests are Lauren England and Jeni Busta.Jeni Busta and Lauren England were both born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). In the first two years of life, they underwent multiple surgeries to repair their hearts. They later developed arrhythmias and received pacemakers, but have continued to experience SVT and other arrhythmias which have disrupted their lives at different times. Jeni lives in Southern California with her husband Nick, a high school history teacher. They have been married for 13 years. Jeni has been actively involved in the CHD community since childhood. Who would have guessed that Jeni’s making of a documentary would later bring her into Lauren’s life?Lauren has lived in Texas her whole life. Her heart has led her to a passion for the arts, and a beautiful friendship with Jeni.   Helpful Links:Journey's Beginning Trailer: the Teenage Years with a CHD (podcast)Adult Congenital Heart Defect Survivors Finding Love (podcast)Anniversary of a Heart Documentary (podcast)Camp Del Corazon -- Heart of a Mother" (book) visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in the CHD Community
15-03-2022
Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in the CHD Community
What is NVLD? Why do some people want to change the name of NVLD to developmental visual-spatial disorder? What difficulties do people with NVLD have?Ever since Brandon Lane Phillips, M.D. had his first open-heart surgery when he was 2 years old, he wanted to be a pediatric cardiologist, just like the doctors who helped save him. Over the years, Brandon had multiple treatments and surgeries and thrived. At school, Brandon became an academically gifted student after repeating the first grade, but often felt that he struggled to keep up. He made it into medical school and in third year was referred for an educational assessment after scoring lower on a standardized exam than expected. Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips met Dr. Amy Margolis, an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology, at a Non Verbal Learning Disorder, or NVLD, conference. Dr. Margolis is the Principal Investigator of a project sponsored by the NVLD Project that examines the neural correlates of Non-Verbal Learning Disability.   Dr. Phillips and Dr. Margolis are joining us today to share their experiences of nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD).  Helpful Links:Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips' other "Heart to Heart with Anna" appearancesInterwoven Lives and Congenital Heart Defects Heart Warrior Doctor-Nurse Team Treating CHD Patients A Wish-Made Friendship8th Anniversary Special Part 1Environment, Brain, and Behavior Lab at Columbia University (Dr. Amy Margolis)Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Dr. Tom Forsberg and Dr. Chad Hoyt: Founders of Healing Hearts Vietnam
08-03-2022
Dr. Tom Forsberg and Dr. Chad Hoyt: Founders of Healing Hearts Vietnam
Why would doctors choose to spend time volunteering in another country and creating a nonprofit organization to save children’s lives overseas?Dr. Tom Forsberg and Dr. Chad Hoyt are co-founders of Healing Hearts Vietnam. Dr. Forsberg is an emergency physician with Centra Health in Central Virginia.  He currently serves in four emergency departments throughout the region. Dr. Chad Hoyt specializes in advanced cardiovascular imaging and has been in partnership with Centra Health for the past sixteen years. He currently serves as the executive medical director of Centra’s Heart & Vascular Center, a busy four-hospital system with seven office locations and forty clinical providers. For nearly a decade, Dr. Forsberg and Dr. Hoyt have shared their expertise with Vietnam. During their trips, they became aware of the great need for cardiac surgeries in children. Upon returning from Vietnam, Dr. Forsberg led the charge to form Healing Hearts Vietnam which was established in 2015. Today, Healing Heart Vietnam provides financial assistance to allow children with congenital heart disease to access life-saving surgeries.In this episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna," Dr. Tom Forsberg and Dr. Chad Hoyt share with Anna how they came to form a nonprofit organization to save the lives of children and adults in Vietnam with broken hearts. They share how certain devices have helped them identify who they can serve and how they can best help the people of Vietnam. They also share how people in the community can donate to their organization in a variety of ways.Links mentioned in the episode:Healing Hearts Vietnam websiteHealing Hearts Vietnam Facebook pageVietnamese Boat People episode with Amy M. LeVietnamese Boat People podcastPlease visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show
Baby Heart Transplant Miracle
01-03-2022
Baby Heart Transplant Miracle
What was it like to be a parent of a baby with a critical congenital heart defect over 30 years ago? What was life like for Susan, Nick, and the rest of the family after Nick received a heart transplant? Why would an author choose to revise a book about her son's medical journey?Susan May is mom to Nick, 32, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, transposition of the great arteries, coarctation of the aorta, and a septal defect.  He had three surgeries at 5 days, 3 1/2 months, and one year of age, prior to receiving a heart transplant just before his second birthday. Nick is one of the first children in the US to receive a heart transplant and is the 5th longest living transplant recipient. Today, he is married with a daughter. Susan has written a book about her son's heart journey, with a revised edition released this year. Susan also writes professionally and has written 40 books in total, including a nonfiction book about a World War II flight surgeon and 33 medical romance novels. She has three other children and eight grandchildren. She likes to travel, read and sew. This episode of 'Heart to Heart with Anna" is filled with so many stories! Susan May certainly is a great storyteller. She shares so many heartfelt stories about the people who have helped Nick in his life. Anybody who is living with a transplanted heart, or whose baby may need a heart transplant needs to listen to this episode.Links mentioned in the show:Susan's 'The Heart Community Collection' page: website: visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show (
The Making of a Heart Dad
27-02-2022
The Making of a Heart Dad
This is the final Heart Dad Sunday episode for Heart Month, February 2022 and it features a surprise -- instead of Frank Jaworski being the Guest Host, he is the Guest and his Heart Warrior son Alexander is the Guest Host. Frank Jaworski is married to Anna Jaworski. Together they had two sons – Joey and Alex Jaworski. Frank Jaworski is a certified registered nurse anesthetist or CRNA. He has worked a number of jobs over the years and we’ll talk more about that in a little bit. He also serves as the President of Hearts Unite the Globe: A Nonprofit Organization for the Congenital Heart Defect Community – a nonprofit organization founded by Frank and Anna Jaworski, Bob Daigneault, Bill Tse, Sue Dove, and Brenda Vignaroli. Frank also did all of the illustrations for Anna’s first book, “Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome: A Handbook for Parents,” and for the Glossary of “The Heart of a Mother.” He wrote an essay and the connecting material for the book, “The Heart of a Father.”Frank Jaworski loves traveling, cooking, reading, writing, and playing with his two new dogs – Buck and Chloe.  In addition to hearing him on Heart Dad Sundays during Heart Month, February 2022, he was also Anna’s Fun Fact Friday Guest, and he and Anna made recipes from Amy M. Le’s cookbook “Snow’s Kitchen” for Tasty Thursday.Frank shares his journey from husband to father, from emergency medical technician to nurse, and what it meant for him to become a Heart Dad. He also shares some advice he has learned the hard way -- from saying good-bye and losing control. It's a touching interview between a man and his Heart Warrior.Baby Hearts PressHearts Unite the Globe: A Nonprofit Organization for the CHD Community Heart Dad Sunday #3: Dealing with Autism & Epilepsy Heart Dad Sunday #2: Beyond the Heart: When Neurological Problems Accompany HLHSHeart Dad Sunday #1: Dad of an ACHA Founder Fun Face Friday #4: Why do some people with bicuspid aortic valves need surgery and some don't? Fun Face Friday #3: What is prostaglandin E1 and why is it important? Fun Face Friday #2: What arrhythmias are life-threatening? Fun Face Friday #1: Who is the Father of Interventional Cardiology? Tasty Thursday #4: Lemon Cheesecake  Tasty Thursday #3: Boeuf Bourgignon Tasty Thursday #2: Yellow Curry ChickenTasty Thursday #1: Spring Rolls Alex interviewing Anna on the 300th episode of "Heart to Heart with Anna" Anna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (if you'd like to try Buzzsprout for your podcast and get a bonus gift card -- and Anna will, too!)Links to 'Heart to Heart with Anna' Social Media and Podcast Pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsSupport the show (
The Making of a Louisiana Legend
26-02-2022
The Making of a Louisiana Legend
Who was the first person to close holes in the heart between the upper chambers of the heart in the cath lab? What exactly is interventional cardiology and why is it important? What future devices do our Heart Warriors have to look forward to? Today’s episode is entitled “The Making of a Louisiana Legend” and our guest is Dr. Terry King.Dr. Terry King completed his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Texas and Duke University. He started practicing in 1965, caring for children in the state of Louisiana.In 1975, Dr. King and Dr. Noel Mills invented the “cardiac umbrella” to close holes in the heart without surgery and were the first to implant the device in humans. This technology forever changed how structural defects in the heart are repaired, both in children and adults. They were nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1976.Dr. King considers the greatest responsibility you can give another person is the care of your child and he has dedicated his life and work to educating others on this important journey. He has helped to build the capacity of scholars and researchers in the field, delivering lectures and establishing a pediatric symposium for health professionals.He has helped to establish Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units in underserved areas of Louisiana to assist children with heart disease and their families who have no other means of receiving care. Support the show (
Tasty Thursday: Lemon Cheesecake
24-02-2022
Tasty Thursday: Lemon Cheesecake
Each Thursday we will have author Amy M. Le joining us to chat about recipes from her cookbook Snow’s Kitchen. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is the author of a trilogy of books revolving around her Vietnamese mother’s journey to the United States after the fall of Saigon. The last book in the trilogy, Snow’s Kitchen is a novella and a cookbook! All of our recipes are from this cookbook.In this final episode of our Tasty Thursday mini-series during Heart Month, February 2022, Anna Jaworski and her husband Frank talk with the author of Snow's Kitchen about making Lemon Cheesecake.To make this recipe keto:Instead of using honey graham crackers, white flour, 3 cups of sugar, and store-bought lemon curd (resulting in 72 grams of carbs per serving), we substituted Cinnamon-flavored Magic Pop for the honey graham crackers, erythitol and aspartame for the sugar, almond flour for the white flour, and we still used the Dickinson’s lemon curd in the lemon curd frosting along with our home-made lemon curd. Believe it or not, by making these substitutions, our carb count was 12 grams of carbs per serving with the cheesecake cut into 12 slices.Don't miss our Tasty Thursday episode where we made Spring Rolls!or the Tasty Thursday episode where we made Yellow Curry Chicken!or the Boeuf Bourgignon 3rd episode of Tasty Thursday!To purchase Amy's cookbook, "Snow's Kitchen" use this linkFor an autographed copy of the book, use this linkAmy's website: to Heart with Anna" BONUS COUPON! To receive a 20% discount on the autographed copy of the book, plus free domestic shipping, use the coupon code TASTYTHURSDAYSpecial thanks to Christian H. Soetemann for his song "Asian Clothes" as found on Free Music Archive.  is this artist’s website:  visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Support the show (
Mental Health Wednesday -- Stretching Exercises to Soothe the Soul
23-02-2022
Mental Health Wednesday -- Stretching Exercises to Soothe the Soul
According to an article in Neuropsychobiology entitled “Exercise and Mental Health: Many Reasons to Move”Neurodegenerative diseases become more prevalent as individuals age and, therefore, represent a serious issue for the healthcare system. Since inactivity is the number one risk factor for many diseases, physical activity has become an emerging topic of interest for many investigators. Exercise might act as an efficient and low-cost adjunctive factor in the treatment and prevention of age-related neurodegenerative processes [1, 2] . Clinical evidence has demonstrated that exercise has a positive relationship with the outcome of different mental diseases, such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, improving not only patients’ quality of life but the disease itself [7–9] . Indeed, exercise is related to enhanced cognitive functioning and brain plasticity [10, 11] I think we can all agree that we feel better after a good workout but lately, I’ve been too busy to work out. I’ve been sitting at my computer cranking out scripts and recording podcasts and I’ve been building up a lot of tension in my shoulders, neck, and back. Therefore, I decided in this last episode of Mental Health Wednesday that I would do some stretching exercises. Whenever I do my yoga, I feel better and I thought that if I feel better doing those exercises, surely everyone else would, too. Exercise is good for our mental health.Helping me today is a very special Heart Warrior. She is a Hearts Unite the Globe Patron and a contributor to my newest book — “The Heart of a Heart Warrior.” Alicia Lynch and I had an opportunity to meet in person several years ago at a conference in Boston. I’m completely delighted that she is joining me in the studio today.Thanks to Tammy Oropesa for the music at the beginning and ending of this episode. Visit Tammy's website: follow along with Alicia and me, use our YouTube link here: to Siddhartha Corsus for the music accompanying our workout“Oh, Radiant One” is this artist’s website: thanks to Alicia Lynch for guiding us in this exercise routine. This is the final installment of our Mental Health Wednesday mini-series during Heart Month, February 2022.Special thanks to Stephanie Scherer for sound engineering and production assistance and to Spencer Tyme for being our Producer for this episode.Please visit our Social Media and Podcast pages:Apple PodcastsFacebookInstagramMeWeTwitterYouTubeWebsiteAnna's Buzzsprout Affiliate Link (we both benefit if you sign up with Buzzsprout with my link - yay!) Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay, Thank you so much!Support the show (