Improving Health

Though aspects of heart health can be hereditary, there are many things all of us can do to improve our health. Here are articles featuring tips and guidance for doing just that. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

See moreFeatured Articles: Improving Health

Don't Be Had By Diet Fads

Many of these diets restrict certain food groups or promise unrealistic results. They’re hard — or unhealthy — to sustain over time. They don’t help you develop a healthy relationship with food.

Kids and Sugar

When you’re a child, life should be sweet. Unfortunately, life may be too sweet for today’s children.

Get Healthier One Cup at a Time

“If you’re trying to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, fruits and vegetables can help fill you up. It’s almost impossible to overeat fruits and vegetables,” said Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., R.D.

Hungry? Or Coping?

Making good food choices is one of the most important things we can do for the health of our hearts. Even so, many of us find ourselves looking for comfort from food.

Tips for Eating Out: Breakfast and Fast Food

Dinner is not the only meal you may eat away from home. These tips can help you choose healthier breakfasts and prepared take-out foods.

Eating More Whole Grains Linked with Lower Risk of Death

Although dietary guidelines around the world have included whole grains as an essential component of healthy eating patterns, people aren’t eating enough, according to the analysis. In the United States, average consumption remains below one serving a day, despite the long-time recommendation of three servings a day.

Helping People With Type 2 Diabetes Control CVD Risk

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, accounting for up to 95 percent of diagnosed cases in adults. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes.

You Should Be Dancin'. Yeah.

Dancing is a great way to improve physical fitness, develop social skills and create relationships that improve mental health. The benefits offered by dancing depend on the form you choose.

Be Spicy, Not Salty

There are plenty of seasonings out there to bring out the best in what you’re eating without reaching for the salt shaker. Here is a list of foods along with seasonings that complement them. Give them a try!

Healthy Eating Away from Home

Eating out doesn’t have to be a health dilemma. Many restaurants offer tasty meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugars.

Kids Need Recess

Everybody needs a break — kids as much as anybody. Recess time has been championed as a way to help combat the nation’s childhood obesity problem. In fact, research shows it helps them learn better in school.

How Meat-eaters Can Reduce Saturated Fat in Their Diet

When you do occasionally indulge, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of saturated fat from the meat you eat.

An App That Encourages Kids to Move

Today’s children are more involved with screens than any previous generation, and many schools have eliminated recess and physical education. Getting kids away from their screens and moving their bodies can be challenging.

Short Bursts of High-Intensity Exercise May Improve Type 2 Diabetes

In a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2015, researchers reported that multiple short bursts of high-intensity exercise did more to improve some risk factors for some patients newly-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than did 30 minutes of sustained, lower-intensity exercise.

Tips for Choosing a Blood Pressure Monitor

Many people have high blood pressure (HBP) for years without knowing it. Generally, there are no symptoms, but when HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout your body. That’s why it is often called the “silent killer.”
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Resources For Patients & Families

Answers By Heart

Answers by Heart is a series of downloadable patient information sheets presented in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read. They also provide room for you to write down questions to ask your doctor.

Glossary of Heart Disease

The term 'heart disease' is often used - but there are many types of disease that come under this category. This companion piece to "The Heart of a Woman" in our Spring 2015 issue provides a list of some of the most common conditions in the heart disease spectrum.

Health Assessments

By entering a few of your health numbers, our risk tools will provide you with valuable information on steps you can take today to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Take a few minutes to learn your health risks with one of our powerful risk assessment tools.

Heart360 Personal Health Record

Heart360® is an easy-to-use tool which helps you understand and track the factors that affect your heart health - including blood pressure, physical activity, cholesterol, glucose, weight and medications. Heart360® safely and securely stores your information in Microsoft® HealthVault™. Sign up today to manage your heart health!

My Life Check

My Life Check® was designed by the American Heart Association with the goal of improved health for all Americans. Any person can make these changes and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two. Know your heart score.

Patient & Family Support Network

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has created an online community called the Support Network. The goal is to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.

Stroke Connection Magazine

For over 20 years Stroke Connection has been the award-winning voice of support, information and inspiration for a vast community of stroke survivors and their families. Now offered exclusively as a digital publication, it's available virtually everywhere.

Trackers & Logs

Nearly twenty different printable trackers and logs for everything from recording your family health history to tracking your physcial activity or preparing for your next visit to the doctor.

Watch, Learn & Live Video Library

Here you'll find informative illustrations and animations about a variety of conditions, treatments and procedures related to heart disease and stroke.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Life's Simple 7 Tips for Kids

Kids and Sugar

When you’re a child, life should be sweet. Unfortunately, life may be too sweet for today’s children.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school allows you to know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.

High-schoolers who try e-cigs are more likely to smoke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last year, e-cigarette use has tripled among middle and high school students, surpassing traditional cigarettes and every other tobacco product.

Packing a Healthy Lunch

Packing the kids’ lunches for school allows you to know which nutritious foods they are eating. Here are some budget-friendly, creative ideas to keep kids happy and healthy at lunchtime.

Creating Good Physical Activity Habits Early

The American Heart Association recommends that children and adolescents get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity every day. But less than 30 percent of children meet that goal.

Dealing with Picky Eaters

Kids can be notoriously picky eaters. So how do you feed them healthy foods when all they want to eat is mac and cheese at every meal?

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.

Is Fruit Juice Healthy for Kids?

An easy way to get kids to get more fruit in their diet is to throw one of those convenient fruit juice boxes into their lunch bag—or is it?

Helping Kids Get Physical Activity at Home

If your kids aren't part of a sports team that practices after school, how can you help them get the exercise they need? It's easier than you think.

Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices at School

Burgers, fries, hot dogs, mac and cheese - these school cafeteria favorites seem to always be on the menu. If you can't send your little ones off to school with a health homemade lunch, provide them with guidance on making healthy choices as they're moving through the lunch line.

Overweight Kids Face the Same Risks as Overweight Adults

In 2010, between 16 and 33% of children in the U.S. were obese - and indications are that they'll become obese adults. And like adults, obese children are prone to critical health risks.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Departments

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.