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Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

Heart-healthy travel practices

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year. Taking care of your heart health begins with taking the first step and building on your successes.

And remember that being on holiday doesn’t mean taking a vacation from healthy practices. Here are four tips to help you stay on track for a healthy heart.

1. Eat a healthy diet while away, limiting salt or sodium. Many resort restaurants offer more healthy options on the menu. You also can ask the waiter to put sauces and dressings on the side.

2. Exercise regularly. If your current health will allow, opt for walking more and taking less taxis or buses while on vacation. Most hotels also have pools and exercise rooms, so remember to pack appropriate clothing to take advantage of these amenities.

3. Limit alcohol use. We sometimes tend to splurge while on vacation but men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one.

4. Don’t forget your medicines. If you’re on medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, remember to pack these for your trip. Notify the Transportation Security Officer that you’re carrying diabetes supplies with you. Once screened, most diabetes-related supplies are allowed through checkpoints.

Heart and Luggage


Seems like yesterday: Beatlemania

Fans of The Beatles will come together on Feb. 7, 2014, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s arrival in New York, which ushered in Beatlemania in the U.S. If you want to make the trek to New York to imagine what experiencing The Beatles in 1964 would have been like, consider a visit to Lincoln Center, which hosts a multi-media exhibit, “Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!” from Feb. 6 through May 10. It’s presented by the New York Public Library and the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Although the exhibit will travel to other cities, those venues were not known at press time.

Other Big Apple sites relating to The Beatles include: the Ed Sullivan Theater on Broadway in Manhattan; Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, where the band performed their first New York concerts; The Plaza Hotel near Central Park, where The Beatles stayed during their first U.S. Tour; and Strawberry Fields, the memorial to John Lennon in Central Park.

Visit Branson, Mo., this summer to see the Liverpool Legends return to the Caravelle Theater, 3446 W. 76 Country Blvd. The band, hand-selected by Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s sister, will present concerts the weekend of Feb. 9 in St. Charles, Ill., at the Arcada Theater. The shows open with a re-creation of The Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan show.

If you want to take a trip to New York to imagine what experiencing The Beatles in 1964 might have been like, let AAA Travel professionals help you plan a getaway that rocks. View a list of offices to serve you.

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The Beatles

Yellow Submarine Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s big sister, was instrumental in getting her brother ready to appear on Ed Sullivan’s show in 1964. Click the yellow submarine and find out what happened, and learn how the Beatles tribute band, the Liverpool Legends, will mark the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania. Liverpool Legends photo

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