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5 Healthy Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re spending the day with a long-time partner or this is your first celebration together, here are some healthy ways to spend the day. (Scroll down to download special printable Valentine’s Day cards!)

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Cooking together is a great way to spend quality time together. Start your date off with a trip to your local farmer’s market for some fresh, locally grown ingredients. When it comes time to actually make your meal, don’t do the normal divide and conquer – actually take the time to work through the recipe together. Check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s recipe collection for some new heart-friendly recipe ideas.


Breaking a sweat can make for a better date. Exercise-induced endorphins help increase happiness, rev up your sex drive and clear your mind. Simply trying new things together can ignite the same feelings as falling in love, so bring those butterflies back – or help them stick around a little longer – by heading to the gym or a yoga studio together.


A day outdoors is the perfect excuse to share hot chocolate and cuddle by the fireplace at the end of the day. Pack some healthy snacks to keep your energy up and bring lots of water to stay hydrated.

Activities like skating, hiking or snowshoeing are guaranteed to get your heart rate up, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous try your hand at skiing or winter surfing. (A safety note: if your adventures will take you onto a frozen pond or lake, don’t forget to check the ice thickness first!) Thinking lower key? Take a romantic stroll through a local park or around the neighbourhood.


Taking a class together is a great way to get the sparks flying. Get your hands dirty at a cooking class or learn some sultry moves at a dance class. And if you’ve been waiting to unleash your inner Picasso, check out a painting or drawing class.

Splurge a little

Sometimes you just need to indulge. Pick up some dark chocolate and toast your relationship with a glass of red wine – the antioxidants in both may help prevent heart disease, cancer and other conditions that occur as we age. Just be sure to enjoy in moderation.

Download these Doctors Nova Scotia Valentine cards
to send to that special someone.

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