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Heart Healthy Exercises to Do At Home

February isn’t just about chocolates, flowers and Valentine’s Day cards, it is also American Heart Month. Heart Month has been celebrated annually since 1963 in an effort to make Americans more aware of heart disease and ways that they can help prevent it. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes (30 minutes for 5 days) of moderate to vigorous exercise a week in order to improve cardiovascular health. Busy schedules can make finding the time to exercise a challenge. Luckily there are plenty of activities that you can do in and around your home to help get your 150 minutes of exercise in for the week.

Outdoor Chores:

In the winter shoveling snow from your walkway or driveway is an excellent way to get moving. You could even consider buying a roof rake to remove snow build up and avoid ice dams that cause leaks in your home. In the warmer months raking leaves, mowing the lawn, weeding, mulching, picking up fallen sticks and trimming hedges are all great ways to add curb appeal to your home. They also get your blood pumping and improve your overall health. Instead of paying someone else to take care of your outdoor chores, start spending some time on the weekends getting fresh air and making your outdoor space the envy of the neighborhood.


Spending the day doing housework can also elevate your heart rate. Clear things out from your attic or basement that you no longer need and break a sweat carrying items up and down the stars. Sweep, vacuum and mop your house, or even rent a carpet steamer and give your floors the deep cleaning they deserve. Roll up your sleeves and get your blood pumping while you get a head start on Spring Cleaning.

Brisk Walk:

Walking is the simplest form of exercise, but its benefits for your overall health are huge. According the American Heart Association, for every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy for some people may increase by two hours. Walking at a brisk pace for 150 minutes a week can reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Common Household Items to Get You Moving:

  • Canned goods: Use cans in place of hand weights.

  • Wall: Wall-sits will work your quads and glutes.

  • Stairs: Walk or run the stairs in your house for a great cardio work-out.

  • Countertop: Do pushups using your counter top while you wait for your dinner to cook.

150 minutes can seem like a lot of time to spend exercising in a week, but it is very manageable when you can do it at home. Get up, get moving, and start improving your heart health!


Personnel File - Banker & Tradesman

Feb 11
Category | News

RMS Employees, Susan Quilty and Andrew Edwards, have been included in a write up by Banker & Tradesman

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5 indoor home improvements you can do during the cooler months

Do these chilly winter months have you hibernating in your home? It’s easy to fall into an unproductive rut when you find yourself avoiding the cold outdoors. Luckily, there is plenty that you can do to improve your home all while staying comfortably inside.

Crown Molding:

Installing crown molding can give your home a finished and refined look. Make sure that you are buying the correct size molding for the room you are installing it in. For smaller rooms with ceiling heights of 8 feet, consider keeping your molding width between three to six inches. Larger rooms and rooms with higher ceilings can support wider crown molding.

Upgrade Your Cabinet Hardware:

Changing your hardware on your cabinets can instantly make your kitchen look more updated. Upgrading the hardware on your cabinets will take less than half a day to complete, and all you need is the hardware itself and a screwdriver.

Add a new backsplash:

After you change out your cabinet hardware, add a new backsplash and your kitchen will look modern and refreshed. Many backsplashes like beaded-board and tile are easy to install so you can do it on your own within a weekend.  Freshening up your kitchen can add value to your home and it doesn’t need to break the bank or take more than a day or two to complete.

Add a Programable Thermostat:

A programable thermostat will help you save energy and money. You can set the thermostat to drop the temperature down 8-10 degrees while you’re at work and sleeping. This will help you save money on utility bills without needing to think about it!

Caulk Your Bathroom:

When you start to notice that the areas of caulking that regularly get wet are yellow and cracked, it is time to redo your caulking. First remove the caulk with the help of a putty knife and caulk remover. Then thoroughly clean the surrounding tiles with a vacuum and alcohol. Then you are ready to apply the new layer of caulk and remove any excess caulking.

Don’t let bitter cold weather keep you from updating your home. Spend the last few weeks of winter inside sprucing up your home and maybe even add some value to your investment!


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Residential Mortgage Services Celebrates a Record Year By Giving Back


Bob Johnson of RMS, Jim Seely of RMS and Dennis Heron of Make-a-Wish hold a large check for ten thousand dollars to Make-A-Wish 

Left to Right: Bob Johnson, Executive Vice President of RMS, James Seely, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMS, Dennis Heron, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehannah Valley

Wednesday, February 5 at Spring House Brewing Co, Residential Mortgage Services Inc (RMS), a leading independent, purchase-focused mortgage lender, serving primarily the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Eastern Seaboard markets, presented a $10,000 check to Adopt-A-Wish program during an employee appreciation event to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic region reaching a record $1.3 billion in mortgage loan volume in 2019. The check was mostly made up of employee contributions from the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Adopt-A-Wish program helps to ensure that the Make-A-Wish foundation has the funds to grant the wishes of every eligible child. RMS has raised $80,000 total for the Adopt-A-Wish program since 2016. “Our employees are committed to and actively involved in giving back to the communities that we live and work in,” said Bob Johnson, Executive Vice President of RMS. Bob Johnson and James Seely, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMS, presented the $10,000 check at the event to Dennis Heron, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehannah Valley.

Employees from the RMS Lancaster regional operations center were treated to a night of games and refreshments as a thank-you for all the hard work in 2019 that lead the Mid-Atlantic region to reaching the $1.3 billion milestone. Jim Prieto, Executive Vice President, Retail Production and John Gaglia, Area Manager, made the trip to attend the festivities from the RMS Bedford, NH regional operations center.

2019 was a record year for RMS company-wide. RMS generated record mortgage loan volume of $5 billion in 2019, a 27.4% increase compared to 2018, when RMS originated $3.9 billion. “We are excited to have reached the $5 billion origination growth milestone,” said James Seely, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMS. “More importantly, we are extremely proud of the continued commitment and dedication of all our team members, who are the driving force behind our culture of collaboration, industry-leading customer experience, and our company’s overall success.”

About Residential Mortgage Services

Residential Mortgage Services, headquartered in South Portland, Maine, was founded in 1991. Currently, RMS employs more than 750 employees companywide, with approximately 275 loan officers and is a licensed lender in 23 states and the District of Columbia. RMS offers a wide range of mortgage products including conventional purchase and refinance home loans, as well as VA, FHA, USDA-RD and many state-sponsored loan programs. For more information on RMS visit the company’s website at

Media Contact

Bob Johnson, Executive Vice President, Residential Mortgage Services

Email:  Phone:717-925-2350

Bob Johnson of RMS, Jim Seely of RMS and Dennis Heron of Make-a-Wish hold a plaque

Left to Right: Bob Johnson, Executive Vice President of RMS, James Seely, President and Chief Executive Officer of RMS, Dennis Heron, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehannah Valley

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