Mrs. Claus is inviting American families to join her in bring attention to heart disease and to raise awareness for nutrition’s role in heart health, as heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. More than 25 percent of the U.S. population is living with heart disease, and the prevalence of heart attacks increases over the holiday season. Researchers at The University of California, San Diego, and Tufts University School of Medicine found that heart-related deaths increase by 5 percent during the holiday season, and more cardiac deaths occur on Christmas Day than any other day of the year (Circulation 2004).
The Claus’ journey is partly inspired by Oklahoma City’s commitment to losing 1 million collective pounds. After reading about the city’s continued health goals, Mrs. Claus took out a full-page advertisement in The Oklahoman to praise the city’s residents and share her plan to change the Claus family’s health habits. In hopes of paying the inspiration forward, Mrs. Claus made a rare public appearance via video message from the North Pole, encouraging families to swap out Santa’s oatmeal raisin cookies for, well, just raisins and chocolate chip cookies for dark chocolate. Mrs. Claus also created www.clausnutrition.com to house all of her nutrition tips and exclusive interviews with nutrition and health experts. The site will be updated throughout December to help Americans have a happy, healthy holiday season.
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