Go with the Flo

There I was, enjoying the rays of the sun on my face, heading the beach a few times a month, wearing shorts and flip flops, swimming, going to cook-outs, then BAM, just like that, it was cold! Where's my sweater? Wait a minute, but I wasn't finished with summer! It was as if someone turned the switch off. It was a Greek philosopher who coined the phrase, "change is the only constant in life." 

As the season changes, there are also changes happening with your body, both physical and mental. The shifts in temperature, the length of daylight, and the change in lifestyle all plays a major role in altering moods and overall well being. Here are some tips from "Chopra-4 Ways Seasonal Change Can Affect Your Mood":

  • Keep up an exercise routine. Exercise videos are a good way to accomplish this. Exercising increases your serotonin levels, which affect your mood;
  • Get some Vitamin D from rays from the sun. In the cooler months, get out in the sun during the middle of the day, when UVs are higher. Also, add more vitamin D-rich foods (e.g., salmon, egg yolks, spinach, kale, mushrooms).
  • Try to wart off those carb cravings with foods with high water content, like watermelon, celery, and leafy greens.

I like to look at this season of change as an opportunity to clear out the old and bring in something new. Clean out your closet, change the color of your hair, donate to the Good Will or Salvation Army, etc. Enjoy the fall colors, the pumpkins, and the changes fall brings. One thing is certain, change is coming, so go with the flow, as you embrace the change in season. You will feel so much better.

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2023 Red Dress Gala Awards

Join the Open My Heart Foundation's in our 8th Annual Fundraiser, as we honor heart and stroke survivors, and those who are making a difference in the heart health community. Our goal is to raise $30,000. A portion of the proceeds will benefit heart and stroke patients.

This year we are so excited to have a 2-Day Event! The first day will be on Friday, February 17th called: "Health Equity Now: A Symposium on Closing the Gap" hosted by international speaker, health advocate and heart survivor, Rhonda Monroe. We will hear from expert panelists on Historical Injustices, Social Determinants of Health, Social and Community, Healthcare Access, and what we can do about it.

Day 2 is our signature fundraising event, our 8th Annual Fundraiser, the Red Dress Gala Awards! Heart and Stroke Survivors will receive awards called "Survivors that Thrive Award"! We will also award those in the Health and Wellness field in the community with a "Community Service Award". 


Did you know that, according to the National Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack or a stroke, could also lead to breast cancer? Also, studies have proven that some breast cancer treatments can affect the heart, making survivors more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Join our monthly SOS (Supporting Our Sisters) to learn the connection. You will hear from Dr. Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, NIH, Gloria Ravenell, Heart & Cancer Survivor and Thriver, and Cynthia Washington, Cancer Survivor & Thriver.


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Dr. Terri Peters is a Compound Pharmacist and co-owner of Quality of Life Pharmacy along with her husband and Pharmacist, Dr. Rick Peters serving at the forefront to improve patient outcomes through Specialty Compounding and Disease Management. She is also the Ambulatory Clinical Care Pharmacist in Charge at the University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, where she turned the pharmacy into a full service hospital pharmacy to serve the state in treating Maryland Covid-19 patients. She is a Health Coach for Weight Loss and Associate Professor for Experiential Education for Howard University Doctor of Pharmacy Candidates. She is a Member of the Prince George's County Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Chair of the Health Committee. She is also a Member of the Prince George's County Health Coalition.  Welcome Dr. Peters!


FSR (Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research)

The Open My Heart Foundation is proud to partner with the FSR (Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research) in finding a cure for sarcoidosis and improving care for sarcoidosis patients through research, education, and support. To close the gap, we must increase representation of #BlackAmericans in #clinicaltrials & #research. The time to ACTe is Now! Step 1: Take the survey. https://bit.ly/3d8yb8m #IgnoreNoMoreACTNowHelp us spread the word.  Get the facts. #IgnoreNoMore, #ignorenomoreactnow, #StopSarcoidosis, #healthdisparities


THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN OUR FIRST ANNUAL HEART WALK!  The Open My Heart Foundation held it's Virtual Heart Walk or Run on September 17th.  It was a beautiful sunny day in the mid 70's and a great day for a walk.  Participants were able to walk wherever they were located. Here are some pictures that were shared.   A group of us walked in a community called "Arundel on the Bay" in Annapolis, MD, hosted by our Honorary Board Member, DeeDee Strum.  Thank you DeeDee!  So whether you walked, gave a donation, or joined a group, we thank you for your participation and we look forward to doing it again!

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Why be a member: 

  • Be connected to and engage with our Membership Community
  • Exclusive Opportunities to attend Members Only Meet and Greet Events
  • Receive health education and tips from the experts
  • Receive CEU's
  • Engage with Health Professionals
  • Speaking Opportunities
  • Community Engagement Opportunities
  • Receive Recognition
  • Networking
  • Professional and Leadership in the Community
  • Newsletters and Priority Access to Special Events

And more. Here's a short video.

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In Loving Memory

We know that loosing a loved one is hard. As a grieving family member, a beloved friend or colleague, consider making a lasting memory by honoring your loved one with a Memorial Page in their honor for generations to come. Just fill out the Memorial Form. Remember, you are never alone.

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The Open My Heart Foundation is a 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible. For more information go to www.openmyheartfoundation.org, email info@openmyheartfoundation.org or call 240-389-4361


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