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FEBRUARY 2019

KEEP YOUR HEART HEALTHY

Helping Others Learn from My Mistake

I never thought I was at risk for heart disease until I had to have a triple bypass about 14 years ago. My father had a heart attack when he was 52, and two of my brothers had heart attacks in their early 50s as well. I told myself I was different because I exercised more regularly than they did, and unlike them, I wasn’t a smoker. I didn’t fully understand the link between family history and susceptibility to heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and because of that, I wanted to share my story of dealing with heart disease so that others might not make the same mistake I did. I ignored my family’s history of heart disease and skipped yearly checkups because I believed I exercised enough and kept myself healthy enough that it would not affect me. But 14 years ago, I was playing tennis on vacation and became winded after playing for just five minutes. When I got back from vacation, I again became winded just from walking up some stairs. That’s when I realized I needed to call a cardiologist, who recommended I see him within the next hour. After he checked me out, he told me I had blockage in three arteries and that I would need surgery within the next 24 hours or I would die. The next morning, I had a triple bypass. I was 59 years old.

are women. I am grateful for the chance I have to share my experience and pay it forward. Not everyone will be as lucky as I was, but there are steps you can take so that, hopefully, you won’t have to be lucky.

Here are seven steps you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association:

Not everyone will be as lucky as I was, but there are steps you can take so that, hopefully, you won’t have to be lucky.”

Exercise regularly. Eat healthy foods. Maintain a healthy weight. Don’t smoke. Keep a healthy blood pressure.

I was lucky. The cardiologist told me that the only explanation for how I was still able to walk through the door was because my regular exercise had made my arteries elastic, allowing enough blood flow to keep me on my feet. In any other case, I might have been too late. If I had started doing yearly checkups for my heart health when I was in my 40s, I might not have cut it so close. If you come from a family that has a history of heart disease, those checkups are critical. Heart disease kills 1 in 4 people every year in the United States, about half of whom

Keep your cholesterol levels under control. Keep your blood sugar level under control.

-Doug Barnes

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FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Break the Monotony of Overplayed Board Games!

Family game night is a time when a family can forget about all of life’s commitments and bond over a good old-fashioned board game. But the old, tattered Monopoly box or worn-out UNO cards can leave something to be desired, and the classics might be getting a little dull. If you’re tired of playing the same board games over and over, it might be time to start looking for ways to change things up. Here are four tabletop games you might not have heard of that are perfect for spicing up family game night. MYSTERIUM Your family will love delving into this cooperative murder mystery game that is a mixture of Clue and Dixit. You can play as the ghost or as one of the mediums who enters the haunting. The ghost player gives each medium a clue or vision about a potential murderer, and the mediums have

to guess which person, room, or weapon was used to murder the ghost player. After each turn, the ghost reveals whether each of the mediums’ guesses are right or not. If all of the mediums succeed in guessing correctly by the seventh in-game hour, they work together to find the true murderer. LASER CHESS A classic game of chess is a great way to spend an evening, and it just got a little more interesting. Laser chess includes all the problem-solving skills a typical chess game offers but with a twist. At the end of each turn, a player fires a small laser beam that bounces off the mirrored chess pieces. If it hits the non- mirrored surface of a piece, that piece is taken by the player. A player wins when the opposing player’s king piece is illuminated.

your expedition compete against other seafarers in building settlements. Enjoy the 45–90-minute game as you and your family build roads, barter resources, and race for absolute supremacy on Catan. ONE NIGHT WEREWOLF Every night, werewolves prowl around the village, and it’s up to the villagers to find the werewolf once the sun rises — before it’s too late. Each person plays a unique role with different abilities to help find or conceal the werewolf. If the werewolf is caught, the villagers win the game, but if the werewolf manages to escape, the villagers lose. Now you can bring some exciting variety into your family game nights. Don’t miss out on these excellent tabletop games, and most importantly, have fun!

CATAN Welcome to the island of Catan! After a long voyage at sea, the people in

Preventing and Fixing Locks Damaged by the Cold

WHEN THE COLD LOCKS YOU OUT

happening, regularly oil your locks and shelter them from the elements as much as possible.

WHEN THE COLD GETS IN Of course, there is no way to be absolutely sure cold weather damage to your locks will never happen. When you find yourself late for work because your car door lock froze overnight, or you get locked out of your house or office, there are a few possible quick fixes. You can heat up your key with an open flame before putting it in the lock. If your car has the remote start option, let it run for a few minutes before trying again. If you are having trouble getting into your house and you don’t have access to an open flame, you can turn on your car, pop the hood, and set your key on the radiator to heat it up (but make sure to retrieve the key with gloves on). There are also a number of de-icers and de-icing solutions on the market that can be sprayed in locks to clear any blockage. You can even use a hair dryer to unblock a lock if you have access to one. If your locks have been damaged by the cold this winter, or if you are unsure about the best way to unfreeze one of your locks, please do not hesitate to call the Pop-a- Lock professionals using the number on our website.

The cold is bearing down especially hard on the Midwest this winter, so we here at Pop-a-Lock want to make you aware of some problems that extreme cold can cause for the locks on your house or car. There are some tips and tricks for fixing these problems, but it is often better to call a trained professional so you don’t cause unintended damage to the lock trying to fix it yourself. KEEPING THE COLD OUT OF YOUR LOCKS Cold weather can cause two main problems for locks. Low temperatures can cause door frames and locks to contract, resulting in a poor fit between the lock and the door or making the key incompatible with the lock. Harsh winters can also cause moisture and other materials to freeze inside locks, making it so keys will not fit. This problem is common with both house and car doors. To minimize the chances of this

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KEEPING UNINVITED GUESTS OUT Protecting Your Home From Burglary

While you may think that your home has adequate security measures against burglary, there are often steps you can take to make your home even more secure. Here are a few simple changes you can make to your locks, doors, and windows to deter unwanted intrusions. ADJUST LOCKS There are a few simple adjustments you can make to the locks on your front door, back door, or the door that leads from your garage into your house. If there is a mail slot or window within 40 inches of your lock, it might be smart to install a double-sided deadbolt. It can also be beneficial to install your strike plates with longer screws to hold them more securely. In any case, proper maintenance of your locks is essential to preventing deterioration. If your locks are deteriorating, you should get new ones. MOVE OBSTRUCTIONS Entrances that are concealed from neighbors and public places are more susceptible to break-ins. We recommend removing visual obstructions to these entrances if possible. If there are large trees near your first- or second-floor windows, keep them trimmed so that your windows remain visible. If landscaping is causing a visual

obstruction to any doors on your home, you should remove the obstruction or hire a landscaper to do so.

recipe title If you are interested in a more complete list of home security inspection items, visit our website and download the free security audit. We also have a number of trained professionals here at Pop-a- Lock who can give your home a proper security evaluation. IMPROVE LIGHTING All doors and windows should have some sort of lighting near them. We recommend having lights that are at least 40 watts near your doors. Keep the exterior area surrounding your windows lit at night. Keeping those areas visible will further deter intruders.

TAKE A BREAK

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

-Abraham Lincoln

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

THE IMPORTANCE OF YEARLY CHECKUPS PAGE 1 BRING VARIETY TO FAMILY GAME NIGHT A LOOK AT PREVENTATIVE AND IN-THE-MOMENT MEASURES PAGE 2 3 SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR HOME SECURITY PAGE 3 HOW MR. ROGERS SAVED PBS PAGE 4

It’s May 1, 1969. As the war continues in Vietnam, people gather in the Senate Subcommittee on Communications in D.C. to fight for what they believe is critical to the American public. Proposed budget cuts to Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) threaten the programs that have become dear to so many, and $20 million is on the line. For a public television station, this is everything. Over the course of two days, Senator John Pastore, chairperson of the subcommittee, has listened to speech after speech about why PBS should be awarded the funding. He’s tired of hearing the same bland data and is eager to have the ordeal over with. SPEAK FROM THE HEART Unlike his fellow speakers, Mr. Rogers doesn’t use numbers or research to persuade Senator Pastore. In the calm voice many of us associate with our childhoods, Fred Rogers shares with Senator Pastore the reasons why he’s concerned about what children see on television. Two minutes after Rogers has begun talking, Pastore’s demeanor changes — his face softens, and he can tell Rogers has something important to say. From his work in child development, Rogers has come to empathize with and understand the worries and fears of children. He explains to Senator Pastore that he’s created a show for children, saying, “I feel Then Fred Rogers, host of the newly syndicated series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” steps up to the microphone.

How Mr. Rogers Saved PBS

that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.” He doesn’t speak from the piece of paper in front of him; he speaks from his heart.

Rogers shares with Pastore what he tells viewers at the end of each episode: “You’ve made this day a special day just by being you.”

“I’d like to see this program,” Pastore says. Five minutes into the speech, he is transformed, just like anyone who’s seen Rogers’ show. “I’m supposed to be a pretty tough guy, and this is the first time I’ve had goosebumps for the last two days,” Pastore tells him. How has Rogers swayed the senator? He hasn’t waved a magic wand or given a dramatic performance, but Rogers’ passion is so palpable, even Senator Pastore can’t help being won over.

After Rogers shares the words of one the songs he features in “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” Pastore has heard enough.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Pastore declares. “Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

If you’d like to see Mr. Rogers’ testimony for yourself, you can check it out at youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA.

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