A Message On Heart Health

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 19, 2011

According to the American Heart Association, one in three Americans have some form of heart disease. Three of my grandparents have grappled with heart-related issues in the past. As a result, it is certainly a topic that hits close to home.

When the team at Quaker Oats reached out and asked if I would be interested in helping to spread the word about their new campaign, it was a no-brainer. I’ve certainly talked about oatmeal a lot on this blog and have the multiple angle shots to prove it!

Ooh, let’s see that again, shall we?

Ahh, so delicious. Especially when made with bananas and cinnamon, then topped with nut butter. πŸ˜‰

I’ve been eating Quaker products for as long as I can remember. Everything from instant oatmeal to Oat Squares, from Chewy Bars to Quakes rice cakes. I often remember seeing the heart-healthy product seal of approval on the packaging but of course, didn’t think much of it since I was young and healthy.

After the experiences I’ve gone through with my family, I am now paying attention.

Quaker is partnering with the team at SUPERVALU (stores include Farm Fresh, Cub, Albertsons or, if you’re a Chicagoan like me, Jewel-Osco) to create a heart-health program called Power in Numbers.

Basically, what that means is that anyone who buys three or more qualifying Quaker products during one store visit will receive a coupon for a free Cholesterol Screening now through March 27. The qualifying products include:

  • Instant Quaker Oatmeal
  • Quaker Quick or Old Fashioned Oats
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares

I think that I have maybe had my cholesterol checked once in my life, and even that was for a very unique purpose. It’s just not something I ever think about, even though my grandfather on my mom’s side passed away from a heart attack before I was born. My own Papa Bender has high cholesterol, too. Given all of this, you’d think it should definitely be a topic of conversation.

After the screening, you can go to the Power in Numbers website to find out what the results actually mean and get tips and strategies for working toward heart-health goals and living better.

Bobby and I are headed to the grocery store today (our fridge and pantry are getting desperately bare) and will definitely be checking this out. Hope that you found this information helpful!

How much thought do you put into living heart healthy?

I have to be honest and say that for the most part, I’m just focused on being healthy period, and I hope that by doing so the heart component comes along with it! But I’d love to know your opinions.


Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored partnership between myself and the Quaker Oats team. All opinions are my own.

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1 Erica March 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

What a fabulous idea! I love Quaker and all of their awesome products. I’m not sure what I’d do on a weekly basis without their rolled old fashion oats. I definitely think about my health in general often, but I do focus on heart health. I think a lot of people eat and workout and really only keep cosmetic reasons in mind, but we must remember….all of that healthy eating and activity keeps our hearts and bodies healthy to let us keep on doing what we want to do!


2 Janet Scragg March 19, 2011 at 10:30 am


I am very happy to see you promote this to a youthful audience!!!

Check out goforredwomen.org
The AHA’s site on women’s heart health,
It has recommendations for women in their 20’s, 30’s ,etc

Below is a link to a brochure they have for women …, It is excellent!


3 Janet Scragg March 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

CORRECTION the website is http://www.goredforwomen.org


4 Little Miss Runshine March 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I LOVE oatmeal! I eat it every day pretty much. It is my go to for long runs and races!


5 neurosciency March 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

i <3 oats. that is all.


6 BroccoliHut March 20, 2011 at 9:51 am

I am embarrassed to admit that I have no idea what my cholesterol levels are. As a future health professional, I really should know my numbers. That being said, I make sure to eat lots of heart-healthy foods, including avocados, almonds, and OATS!


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