Craving a cup of joe? What does the research say about coffee and your health?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science actually […]

Older women should keep eating their veggies – possibly one kind in particular

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new study reinforces the idea that it’s never too late to start eating your veggies – especially ones like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. Australian researchers who examined nearly 1,000 women ages 70 and older found that so-called cruciferous vegetables may be […]

Healthy teeth can mean a lot more than a pretty smile

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS How your teeth are faring as you age can also indicate how your heart is doing. The idea of oral and heart health being connected has been proposed for more than a century. Numerous studies have looked at how oral health affects overall health, and […]

Eat healthy, exercise, sleep enough to manage stress

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS With income tax time fast approaching and spring school and work activities dominating daily life, stress can creep in. How you respond to that stress makes a difference in your mental and physical health. Excessive stress can lead to emotional and physical symptoms, such as […]

To dye for: Dip eggs into palettes of fruits and vegetables to add flavor and color naturally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Put a twist on making colorful eggs this season that is to dye for. Add pigment to eggshells this Easter holiday in an old-fashioned, natural way by using fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you offer up the produce to eat while you’re at it, it will be […]

Grill masters beware: High-heat cooking, overly done meat could increase high blood pressure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Eating grilled or barbecued meats too often, and cooking those meats too well done, could increase the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. A study released Wednesday compared people who eat open-flame, high-temperature cooking more than 15 times a […]

Liftoff: Astronauts need extra exercise and calories in space

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It takes physical activity to stay heart-healthy on Earth and even more to stay healthy in space. The lack of gravity in space causes hearts to slightly expand and work differently, said NASA astronaut and geophysicist A.J. “Drew” Feustel, who is scheduled to take off […]

Millions could see health benefits with changes to federal nutrition program, report finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS More than 40 million Americans who rely on a government nutrition program face risks for major health problems because the program lacks nutrition standards, according to a new report. The report released this week by the Bipartisan Policy Center found there are still “untapped opportunities” […]

Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating nutrients like proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids has no apparent effect on excessive sodium’s negative impact on heart health and blood flow, new research shows. The results affirm that lowering sodium intake can reduce high blood pressure, one of the major risk […]

7 healthy, tasty recipes everyone will love

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS In celebration of National Nutrition Month, we’ve put together a sampling of easy-to-make recipes that are packed with flavor. These dishes make satisfying meals for everyone, and it just might inspire the younger ones in the family to spend more time in the kitchen — […]

Brrrr-ing on the healthy tips for the rest of winter

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s been a brutal winter across much of the country, and if you’re not hunkering down just trying to keep warm, you’re likely looking for fun ways to break the cabin fever. Whether you’re braving the elements for sports-watching parties, warm drinks with friends, or […]

Social entrepreneur sprouts urban farming program to help inner city children live healthier lives

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Ryan Dunn said he always noticed a common issue as a social entrepreneur helping children in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina: Sugar was everywhere but healthy options were scarce. “You see these kids going to school every day with a [soda and candy] bar and […]

Virginia woman refocuses on health after second heart attack

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Kelly Gross thought the constant fatigue and periodic tightening sensation in her jaw and neck were simply signs of stress from her demanding job and five kids. Then, one day on a smoke break, it struck much more violently. The tightening spread quickly. “It felt […]

Say OMMMMMM – Meditating may be good for your heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, but the key word to remember is “may.” Research suggests there is a possible modest benefit from various types of “sitting meditation.” Some types of yoga looked at by researchers were: Samatha; Vipassana (Insight Meditation); Mindful Meditation; […]

McDonald’s ‘Happy Meals’ about to get healthier, globally

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCATION NEWS McDonald’s Happy Meals might be getting happier – at least from a nutrition perspective. The fast food giant announced Thursday its worldwide goals to reduce the number of calories, limit sodium and provide more nutritional balance in the iconic meal for kids it launched in […]

Study: Almonds and dark chocolate lower bad cholesterol

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS   Almonds and dark chocolate can possibly reduce a risk factor of coronary heart disease, according to a recent study. Researchers found combining raw almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, particles in the blood of overweight and […]

7 proven ways to keep your heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s officially a very good time to check in on your heart health. February is American Heart Month, designated by the president each year to raise awareness about the importance of cardiovascular fitness. It’s easy to learn about your heart health and how to improve […]

Things to know: 7 simple steps to a longer, healthier life

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taking care of yourself can lead to a longer, healthier life. There are seven simple steps that research has shown can make a difference. Each involves making good choices and requires some discipline, but all are doable. Dubbed “Life’s Simple 7” by the American Heart […]

Plan ahead for healthy Super Bowl snacks and intercept those empty calories

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For many Super Bowl fans – along with the commercials and the halftime show – the day is all about the snacks. Wings. Chili. Pizza. But whether you are pulling for repeat contenders, the New England Patriots, or the underdog Philadelphia Eagles, all good die-hard […]

Health experts concerned about long-term consequences of USDA changes to school meals

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Less healthy foods and beverages with more salt and calories might soon return to America’s school cafeterias under a rule issued recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the rule released in November, school food service programs can now include 1 percent flavored milk […]

5 ways to eat healthier in 2018

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Bold resolutions to maintain a healthier diet are common in the new year. But the secret to sticking with nutritious eating isn’t a big, complex plan. Keeping it simple can lead to success. A healthy diet can be affordable, too, especially if thought is put […]

Chicago entrepreneur works to change focus from managing diseases to supporting health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Growing up, Nyasha Nyamapfene recalls that her family had “more diseases than people.” Poor diet, lack of exercise and other lifestyle factors were the main reasons. “I grew up in a household focused on disease, because that was the norm,” she said. “For many communities […]

New survey reveals Hispanic-Americans’ attitudes toward health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hispanic-Americans are less likely to seek health screenings or preventive care compared with their black and white peers, according to a new survey that provides a detailed and ongoing assessment of the Hispanic community’s attitudes toward health care. The Healthy Americas Survey, […]

Slow down at Thanksgiving – and every meal – gobbling can hurt your health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Savor that Thanksgiving meal – and each one after that. People who eat too fast are more likely to become obese or develop risk factors for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to a recent study. The research, presented last week at the American Heart […]

How far apart do the houses have to be to burn off that fun-size Snickers?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The first house gives out a fun-size Snickers bar, a delicious little treat. You eat it in an instant, then walk to the next house, one mile away. Chances are your Halloween is calorie-neutral — so far. But the night is young. That’s the challenge of […]

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner. Hispanic-American adults of any […]

‘MilliGrammys’ recognize the saltiest restaurant meals in America

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Sandwiched between last month’s Emmys and the approaching Grammys ceremony in January comes a cheeky new entry in the award show category: The MilliGrammys. In a series of video spoofs released Wednesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the mock awards “recognize […]

Twins who participated in ‘The Biggest Loser’ help each other stay healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Luis and Roberto Hernandez shed hundreds of pounds together as contestants on “The Biggest Loser.” Today, they still are working to keep one another on track. They’re each other’s biggest cheerleaders and they also hold each other accountable if they don’t eat […]

Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Meditation may decrease the risk of heart disease, according to a first-ever statement on the practice issued by the American Heart Association. But the key word to remember is “may.” Your kid needs recess. Here’s why. “The research is suggestive, but not definitive,” said Glenn […]

Chef gives Cuban classics a healthy twist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Some of Ronaldo Linares’s earliest memories are in a kitchen. He remembers at age 5 standing on a milk crate, peeling potatoes at his parents’ restaurant and nightclub in Medellin, Colombia. To keep him out of trouble, they also put him in […]

America’s food security problem and how to fix it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español In South Dallas, the heart health statistics are grim. More residents die from heart disease and diabetes than elsewhere in the city, and being hospitalized for high blood pressure is much more common. The Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas is among the […]

Self-care: What is it and how do you do it?

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Self-care is more important to your overall health than pretty much anything else, and the term is catching fire. But what does it really mean? A new scientific statement issued Thursday by the American Heart Association outlines the importance of self-care in the prevention and […]

Louisiana woman loses weight with help of surgery, fights family history of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Diets and other weight-loss programs didn’t stick for Edris Patterson. To lose weight and kick off a healthier lifestyle, she took a drastic step — gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery, plus regular exercise and a healthier diet, helped her drop 70 pounds. “It’s about trying […]

Cutting through the saturated fat – meats, butter and tropical oils still need limits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Saturated fats found in butter, fatty meats and tropical oils raise LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease, and they should be replaced with healthier options. It seems a simple statement. But reaction to it – and the American Heart Association advisory issued […]

Bringing the heat: Hot and spicy jambalaya satisfies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS As the weather heats up, so can your palate with a steaming bowl of Southern comfort food. Spicy and as sultry as a Southern day, any jambalaya is packed with flavor. But sometimes they are also filled with saturated fat, salt and too many calories. […]

After dropping 250 pounds, musician to host cooking show

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Papa Joe Aviance eats healthy, walks and hopes to run a marathon one day. You’d never guess that just seven years ago he hated exercise and was more than twice the size he is today. Papa Joe, now in his 40s, struggled with his weight […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life. An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China […]

Karyn Brusa and her dad Mike Brusa.

Texas father changes culinary traditions for his daughter’s heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Giving up pancetta and canned vegetables was bad enough. It was harder to cut out garlic salt. Mike Brusa worried his Italian dishes would lose their signature flavor, but he had promised his daughter he’d cook healthier to help her get well. […]

FDA pushes back nutrition label compliance deadline

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New requirements for the nutrition facts label that appears on packaged foods and drinks was delayed Tuesday, allowing food companies more time to implement the changes. The labels were redesigned to make it easier for consumers to see how many calories and added sugars are […]

Kids’ heart health focus of new research

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Four new research projects focused on children’s heart health were announced Thursday by the American Heart Association. Experts say that helping children maintain ideal cardiovascular health is more effective than taking a wait-and-see approach and treating disease in adulthood. The aim of the AHA’s Strategically […]

Food policies work, modeling study reports

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Hundreds of thousands of cardiovascular disease deaths could be prevented annually by food policies and mass media campaigns to change dietary habits, according to a new study released Tuesday. Using a modeling approach, researchers estimated that a national subsidy to reduce the cost of fruits […]

Seattle becomes next city to tax sodas

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Seattle became the ninth area of the country to pass a sugary drink tax, with a 7-1 vote Monday that imposes a 1.75-cents-per-ounce levy on distributors. Last week, a city committee passed the measure 5-2, changing the original proposal to exclude diet drinks. The amendment […]

Common artery problems as you age may be avoided or delayed, study shows

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Potentially dangerous artery problems considered common as people age may actually be avoided or delayed well into the senior years, according to new research. The risk for high blood pressure and increased blood vessel stiffness, which both increase the risk of heart disease, may be […]

Food program awarded $1 million in Massachusetts’ budget

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Massachusetts’ lawmakers unveiled the Fiscal Year 2018 capital budget plan this week, including $1 million in funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program. The program, which was established in 2014 by the state legislature, will use the money to provide loans, grants and technical assistance […]

Trump signs spending bill that gives National Institutes of Health a boost

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Institutes of Health came out on top once again with an increase in federal funding for the rest of this fiscal year, but the completed spending bill made cuts in initiatives that support prevention. The bill, signed into law on Friday by President […]

Menu labeling off the table … for now

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chain restaurants and retail food sellers will have another year to implement the Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling requirements, after the agency extended its compliance deadline to May 7, 2018. The rule, previously scheduled to take effect Friday, was created under the Affordable Care […]

Overcoming family history of high blood pressure with diet, exercise and medication

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Sandra Ortiz’s father suffered from high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes and when he died she witnessed the devastating toll. She wanted desperately to avoid the same fate. With a strong family history of high blood pressure, Ortiz knew she was […]

Florida children take steps intended to last a lifetime

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS TAMPA, Florida – Barbie Monty’s fifth-grade class at Carrollwood Day School is organizing a half-hour health walk on Friday, but the steps are intended to last a lifetime. “We’re going to encourage kids to try to stay healthy,” said Demir Dikmen, one of the students. […]

Eating lots of common nutrient raises risk of clots

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating a lot of a common nutrient found in a variety of foods — including meat, eggs and milk — raises your risk of clots, new data suggest. The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, provides the first direct evidence in humans […]

Making healthy changes become lifelong habits

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The threat of going on insulin to control her Type 2 diabetes was what finally pushed Amy Magan to make the drastic diet changes that have allowed her to take control of her health. But it was the community of the American Heart Association’s Go […]

The science of fitness — from a very fit scientist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Noted researcher Dr. Paul Arciero has devoted his career to helping people get more active and eat more natural, healthier foods. Naturally, it all started in the dirt of a community garden. “Some of my fondest childhood memories come from tending that garden with my […]

Study: Healthiest employees cost companies half the healthcare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The healthiest employees of Baptist Health South Florida incurred thousands of dollars less in healthcare costs and were less likely to be hospitalized or visit an emergency department than employees with moderate or poor health, according to a recent study. The study offers a compelling […]

Seafood dish among winners of avocado recipe contest

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Winners of the Take Avocado to Heart recipe contest were announced Wednesday, with a creamy avocado dip, fajita-stuffed tomatoes, and an avocado and blueberry smoothie bowl topping the list of winners. The American Heart Association and Fresh Avocados – Love One Today selected first, second […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday. Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy […]

Lack of fruits, vegetables partly to blame for global heart disease burden

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Millions of years of life lost to early deaths and disability from heart disease could be saved worldwide by eating more fruits and vegetables, a new study shows. For 195 countries, researchers calculated the number of disability-adjusted life years, which are healthy […]

Eating out may be too much of a temptation for dieters

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS PORTLAND, Oregon — Trying to shed a few pounds or just maintain your weight? Then you may need to cut down on eating out. According to a study presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the […]

Food, family and the health scare that changed it all

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español The Arias family gatherings are about food. The tamales, roast pork, rice, beans and other foods served at birthday celebrations, Mother’s Day and weddings are the dishes Javier Arias and his seven siblings grew up eating in rural northern Mexico. Decades after moving […]

Avocado recipe contest underway

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS What’s green and healthy and fresh all over? If you like the answer — avocado — a contest pitting avocado aficionados against each other might be appealing. The American Heart Association and Fresh Avocados – Love One Today are searching for easy, healthy and original […]

Laila Ali champions healthier living to fight heart disease in women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A decade removed from her championship boxing career, Laila Ali is back in the ring. Only now she’s using her passion and dedication to take on a much more formidable foe: heart disease. Just as she did in her boxing career – and just as […]

Editorial: Don’t go backward on child nutrition

Editor’s Note: Retired pediatrician Alan Lake, M.D., writes that there’s ample proof that the government’s school lunch standards are helping America’s kids get the nutrition they need.   There is myriad evidence that the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2010, is working. And it’s not […]

When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español What times someone eats during the day and how frequently may play a role in having a healthy weight and heart. According to an American Heart Association scientific statement published Wednesday, eating breakfast, avoiding late-night eating and mindful meal-planning are associated with […]

Birth of grandchild spurs heart disease survivor to get fit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A cardiac arrest nearly killed Anali Diaz, but it was the news that she was going to become a grandmother that spurred her to get serious about her health. For years, Diaz, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, constantly felt exhausted, but figured that was just […]

The funny bone is connected to the … everything

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Some witty women hope tickling your funny bone will get you to pay attention to the rest of your body. The plan comes from digital media company WhoHaha, whose new series of videos on nutrition, self-care and exercise is aimed at getting folks to take […]

Expert tips for following your 2017 healthy-eating resolutions

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS It’s always good idea to take charge of your health, but there’s no time like the New Year. To help you get started in 2017, several dietitians and health experts are offering up fresh approaches to keeping those resolutions. “You’ve had time to think about who […]

AHA names top 10 heart, stroke research advances of 2016

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Mutations that influence coronary heart disease. Clot-retrieving strategies for strokes. Healthy lifestyle techniques to outsmart genetic fate. All of this – and more – was part of the groundbreaking work from heart disease and stroke researchers published this past year. The American Heart Association, one […]

FDA expands health claim for more fruits, vegetables

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration released an interim final rule removing the low fat and positive nutrient requirements which will apply to nearly all fresh fruits and vegetables, allowing them to make a heart health claim and be eligible for food certification programs like the American […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s sugary drinks tax; beverage industry to appeal

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks survived a major challenge Monday from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. But the issue isn’t over. “We shall appeal,” said Shanin Specter, who represents the American Beverage Association and a few restaurants and […]

Study ponders whether governments should consider drink taxes based on sugar content

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Taxing drinks based on how much sugar is present could be the most effective way to decrease consumption and nudge the beverage industry to reduce sugar content, according to a report released Monday by the Urban Institute. The research shows a single-tier tax on sugar […]

New hub offers simple, heart-healthy recipes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Just in time for the holidays, the American Heart Association is offering an interactive, online collection of simple, heart-healthy recipes in English and Spanish. There are more than 350 recipes and over 100 easy-to-follow videos on the hub. The hub features nutritional […]

Program sees drop in calories, salt, fats and boost in fruits, vegetables, grains

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS One of the country’s top food service providers has cut by 8 percent the calories, sodium and saturated fats on the menus it provides to colleges, universities, hospital cafes and workplaces. The news from Aramark is part of the first-year report on progress for Healthy […]

Chicago’s Cook County bridges budget gap with ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS By July, more than 5.2 million residents of Chicago and its suburbs will begin seeing higher prices on sweetened drinks. The Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday passed its $4.9 billion budget – including a penny-per-ounce tax on bottles, cans and fountain drinks that […]

Sugary drink sales drop nearly 20 percent after campaign

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS NEW ORLEANS — A new study indicates that educating the public about the health impact of sugar-sweetened beverages can lead to dramatic changes in customers’ buying habits. Policy changes, coupled with community education efforts, led to a decline of nearly 20 percent of sales in […]

Sweetened beverage tax on horizon in Chicago’s Cook County

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Chicago’s county stepped closer on Thursday to being the largest area in the country to institute a sweetened beverage tax. After nearly five hours of debate and dozens of speakers, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 9-8 to add a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, […]

Soda taxes make clean sweep at ballot box in four cities

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español   Voters in four U.S. cities showed their clear support Tuesday for taxes on sugary drinks, despite tens of millions of dollars in spending against the ballot measures by the beverage industry. In California, San Francisco, Albany and Oakland approved a penny-per-ounce […]

Four cities to cast pivotal ‘soda tax’ votes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Residents of four cities will cast pivotal votes this Election Day in the national movement to tax sugary beverages – with supporters saying momentum is spreading even in the face of large opposition spending. “First they laugh at you, then they fight you and then […]

Texas chef’s culinary mission comes from the heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease. She made it her mission to […]

AHA statement: Preferences should be ingredient in healthy eating

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Healthcare providers should consider personal, ethnic and cultural preferences and use easy-to-understand language and food examples when counseling people about eating healthy, a new American Heart Association statement recommends. “It’s one thing for professionals to summarize the data and develop guidelines, but an entirely different […]

AHA, Aramark team up for global volunteer day

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The American Heart Association is joining Aramark in the company’s annual global day of service, a day when thousands of Aramark chefs, nutritionists and dietitians volunteer at community centers and nonprofits in 15 countries. On Tuesday, Aramark employees will bring health and wellness programs to […]

Sleep important to heart, brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Not catching enough Z’s or having a sleep disorder can affect cardiovascular health and risk, says the first-ever scientific statement about sleep from the American Heart Association. Sleep disorders are “very much” related to cardiovascular disease, said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Ph.D., an associate professor of nutritional […]

The secret to creating healthy eating habits: Make it a family affair

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Make it fun, make it fun, make it fun. That’s how dietitian Candace Johnson recommends parents get their children to exercise and eat their peas and carrots. But doing those things as a family is the key, she said. Johnson uses a […]

Healthy food movement gaining steam with food trust funding

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS For millions of Americans, geography might be the biggest barrier to a healthy diet. Massachusetts is one of a growing number of states where advocates are pushing state legislatures to create easier access to healthy, affordable options in “food deserts” — which the Department of […]

Internet, mobile devices can help make healthy lifestyle changes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People are more likely to adopt heart-healthy behaviors when guided by the Internet, their cellphones or other devices, according to 23 years of research reviewed in Journal of the American Heart Association. “Both Internet-based and mobile-based programs can help people become more physically active, eat […]

Common food additive may increase blood pressure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating foods with too much phosphate, a common food and beverage additive, increased blood pressure in rats, particularly during exercise, a recent study showed. It’s a finding that if confirmed would support the Food and Drug Administration including the amount of added phosphate on food […]

Adults who develop asthma may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS People who develop asthma as adults may be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research. “Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” said Matthew C. […]

Study: After Berkeley, California, tax, sugary drink consumption is down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS After adopting the country’s first tax on sugary drinks, consumers in Berkeley, California, are drinking 21 percent less of these beverages, according to a new study released Tuesday. At the same time, consumption of water in the city increased by 63 percent, compared with a […]

For kids, ideal heart health explained in new statement

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The road to cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, and it’s a road many American children are on, based on a new report from the American Heart Association that indicates very few kids meet all the criteria for ideal heart health. Many are overweight or obese. […]

Healthier quiche: Worth waking up for

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Don’t give in to the temptation of skipping breakfast. Quiche, a protein-packed savory tart, can easily be sliced into individual portions for those looking for a convenient breakfast to take to work. Many people skip breakfast for a variety of reasons, according to Alisha Farris, […]

Life is good after years of battling heart failure

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Jang Jaswal woke one night short of breath and sensing a slight pressure in his chest. He couldn’t figure out what was happening and grew increasingly frustrated. “I knew there was something wrong with me,” said Jaswal, who was only 33 at the time. His […]

Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español An exaggerated response to too much sodium in the diet may be as dangerous as high blood pressure when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. But researchers are still years away from being able to detect and treat so-called salt sensitivity in everyday […]

Language no barrier in multilingual blood pressure program

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Lea en español Hortensia Perez ignored her doctors’ advice for years. Exercise and eat healthy, they urged the high blood pressure patient. But it wasn’t until last fall, when her doctor added two new diagnoses — high cholesterol and the early stages of diabetes — […]

As Americans are eating better overall, disparities persist

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Americans have cut back on sugary drinks and are eating more whole grains, fish and nuts, a new study finds. But as Americans overall are eating better, improvements have been much more modest among minorities and the poor. The study, published Tuesday in the Journal […]

Philadelphia win puts sugary drinks in crosshairs nationwide

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Philadelphia on Thursday became the largest, and only the second, U.S. city to tax soda and other sugary drinks despite a multimillion-dollar effort by the beverage industry to defeat it. The victory is one that supporters of the tax expect will provide a model for […]

Eating more whole grains may lower risk of death

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Eating at least three servings of whole grains every day could lower your risk of death, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. In the first meta-analysis review of studies on associations between whole grain consumption and death, for about every serving […]

New York City can now enforce sodium warnings on menus

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS New York City health officials can begin enforcing a rule that requires chain restaurants throughout the city to post warnings on all menu items high in sodium, according to a state appellate ruling issued Thursday. The decision by the state’s Appellate Division, First Department, upholds […]

Hot chicks: Spicy chickpeas offer crispy goodness in taste and nutrition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS While fresh cut fruit and vegetables are always a snack option, what about when you’re craving junk food? Consider the spicy oven-roasted chickpea — crispy nuggets filled with goodness. Heartily seasoned, they’re big in taste, yet low in sodium. That makes them a great substitute […]

Nutrition Facts label gets makeover

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The Food and Drug Administration has issued new requirements for the Nutrition Facts label, listing calories in bigger bolder type and inserting a new line for added sugars. Serving sizes were also updated to make them more realistic. The rules were issued on Friday and […]

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Heart-Check mark added to online meal planner

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS The online meal planning service DinnerTime is making it easier to build a heart-healthy diet. The company now identifies products with the Heart-Check mark. It’s the familiar symbol on food packages that indicates a particular food meets the nutrition requirements of the American Heart Association’s […]

Arkansas city mandates healthy vending machine offerings

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Springdale is the first city in Arkansas requiring that foods and drinks in vending machines located on city properties meet nutrition standards. The rules now require: All food in the vending machines have zero grams of trans-fat and no more than 230 mg of sodium. […]

A gift from the heart good for Mom’s heart

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS Looking for something delicious, healthy and fast as a Mother’s Day treat? Showing you care doesn’t have to be complicated. A yogurt parfait is a great option. It’s pretty to look at, easy to make and packed with wholesome ingredients. The recipe takes only a […]

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Study shows Voices for Healthy Kids increases policies to curb childhood obesity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS A new study from the American Journal of Public Health found that states where organizations received grants to implement the Voices for Healthy Kids campaign are passing more policies and legislation to reduce childhood obesity and improve community health. There was an increase in childhood […]