Expert: Valentine’s Day and Love Month | February 2022 | Newsroom


Expert: Valentine’s Day and Love Month | February 2022 | Newsroom


February is Heart Month, and it’s time to focus on the importance of cardiovascular health and how we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults and is the second leading cause of death in Canada. (Government of Canada)

Valentine’s Day raises important questions related to consumerism, love and relationships, and other topics.

Here are some of McGill University’s experts who can comment on these topics:

On the impact of intimacy:

Sarah Brauner-Otto, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

“While it is easy for us to recognize the importance of close relationships in our personal lives, we also need to recognize that these relationships affect others and can last for a long time. We see that emotional dynamics in marriage can affect Many areas of a child’s life – such as their work, family, play, attitudes and values ​​- and can have an impact after a child lives in a parent’s home.”

Sarah Brauner-Otto is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and director of the Center for Population Dynamics. She is a sociodemographer who studies global family change, focusing on the relationship between social contexts.

sarah.brauner-otto [at] (English)

On how chocolate affects our health:

Christopher Labos, Assistant, Office of Science and Society

“The studies linking chocolate to health benefits are not definitive studies. First, the studies themselves are usually not on people who actually eat chocolate, but by giving people antioxidants or other compounds in chocolate, and then draw some conclusions about the health benefits. What is often overlooked is that the manufacturing process destroys many of these purportedly beneficial compounds.”

On keeping your heart healthy:

Christopher Labos, Assistant, Office of Science and Society

“There are some very simple things we can do to maintain our cardiovascular health. If you exercise regularly, don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet based on fruits and vegetables, and monitor medical factors like blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, then you’re in control most of the potential cardiovascular risk.”

Christopher Labos completed his cardiology residency at McGill University, where he served as chief residency, before completing a master’s degree in epidemiology before receiving a research fellowship. He is currently a cardiologist at the Hôpital Notre-Dame and an associate at McGill Science and Society, whose mission is to promote critical thinking and present science to the public.

christopher.labos [at] (English, French)

Abhinav Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology and Laboratory Medicine

“Maintaining physical activity is an important part of heart health. If you want to incorporate more physical activity into your routine, take small incremental steps whenever possible. For example, stop at the next level where you need to go, Then walk up a flight of stairs; take a walk around the block when you park your car at home or garage; even stand for a few minutes every hour as you work every day. Do it consistently, a few small movements in your daily activities can go a long way Heart health benefits over time.”

Abhinav Sharma is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. His current research focuses on cardiovascular outcomes and treatment optimization for patients with diabetes and heart failure, and the use of digital health to simplify follow-up and treatment options for heart failure patients.

Abhinav Sharma [at] (English)

On the chemistry of love:

Joe Schwarcz, Director of the Office of Science and Society

“We often hear that two people have ‘the right chemistry’. Are our romantic relationships really controlled by chemicals? What does science say about that? People are also interested in so-called aphrodisiacs. Science is also looking into this area .”

Joe Schwarcz is director of the Office of Science and Society, which is tasked with separating meaning from nonsense. He is known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of food to the connection between mind and body. Most recently, the office has focused on trying to unravel the mysteries of COVID-19.

Joe Schwartz [at] (English)

Regarding consumer behavior:

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director, Bensadoun School of Retail Management

“As a retail specialist who has worked with luxury, fashion and creative brands, I understand the importance of the heart in consumer behavior, especially in these turbulent times when mental health is so turbulent. Messaging and authenticity of branded products can be It’s the foundation of this Valentine’s Day.”

Charles de Brabant is the Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, School of Management. He has over 20 years of retail experience in Europe and most recently in China and Southeast Asia.

Charles de Brabant [at] (English, French)

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