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Improving Health

A Good Kind of Fat

There are several different kinds of fat — saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans fat. And the good news is they aren’t all bad for you. For instance, polyunsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your heart when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated fat and trans fat in your diet.

Keep Kids Away from E-Cigarettes

The makers of electronic cigarettes want the public to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes. But they could contain chemicals and carcinogens that are harmful.

Game On!

New research shows us that, used smartly, games and gamification principles may help us reach our health goals. At its most basic, gamification means creating a system that motivates people to do things they wouldn’t normally want to do.

Dietary Supplements

Many people who want to lose weight turn to unproven dietary supplements. These are sometimes called "fat burners" or appetite suppressants.

Conquer Cravings with these Healthy Substitutions

We have all experienced food cravings, and often those cravings have to do with texture — like something creamy or crunchy. Food textures play a big role in whether we like or dislike certain foods. For example, while you may not like mushy canned peas, you may be surprised that you like fresh or barely cooked peas.

Be Your Own Diva: Get Heart Healthy with Star Jones

Star Jones knows it can be hard for busy career women and mothers to find the time to exercise and eat right.

Dealing with the urge to smoke

What happens when you’ve finally quit and you continue to have the urge to smoke? There are some steps you can take to deal with these urges and not give in to them.

Using Your Mobile Device to get Healthy

Smartphones and tablets have made health information available right at our fingertips, and there are a lot of apps and mobile-friendly websites that can help you keep an eye on your health.

Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Advice about "healthy eating" is everywhere, but what exactly does that mean?

Tips for Starting a Physical Activity Program

By making the simple choice of getting up and moving, you’ll be getting quite a few payoffs: People who are physically active typically eat healthier and smoke less, report less stress and feel better about their lives in general.

Shop Right for Weight Loss Success

Losing weight the heart-healthy way starts with buying the right food. Don't let your weight loss efforts get derailed at the grocery store.

Take it off

Many people think shedding a few pounds is simple: Change your diet and exercise habits for a while and the weight comes off. But if reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is so simple, why are nearly 69 percent of Americans age 20 and older overweight or obese?
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Heart News

Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Heartfelt

Articles, poems and art submitted by heart disease survivors and their loved ones.

Life's Simple 7

Improving your health is as easy as minding seven simple health factors and behaviors. Tips and information to help you improve your health and enhance your quality of life.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These heart patients, their loved ones and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.