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Study backs lower blood pressure for people with diabetes

While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better.

Are there health benefits from chocolate?

Every year, Americans spend $22 billion on chocolate. While a box of chocolates may seem like the opposite of healthy, experts say it’s less about the occasional small indulgence and more about making good everyday food choices.

The pros and cons of weighing yourself every day

You’ve vowed to lose weight. You step on the scale to mark the starting point toward your goal. Now, how often should you hop back on to check your progress?

Staying active is ‘the best medicine’

Being active, in all forms and at all ages, is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and improve overall health and well-being. It aids weight control and fitness and it can help in recovering from a heart episode or procedure.

Safety of statins emphasized in new report

The benefits of the cholesterol-lowering medicine called statins far outweigh any risk of side effects, according to an analysis of decades of scientific research.

Are eggs good for you or not?

The egg is standard breakfast fare, but is it healthy?

How to sneak in healthy physical activity during a sedentary work day

Too much sitting around can bring heart health risks, but when your job has you sitting all day, what to you do?

Staying Quit: How to stop smoking for good

For smokers trying to quit, staying smoke-free requires dealing with cravings, weight gain and other threats to quitting for good.

Out of shape and middle-aged?

Middle age isn’t too late to get moving and improve your future health. But don’t wait too long.

Is coffee good for you or not?

Just a couple of calories a cup, good old black coffee packs a punch. It wakes you up, boosts your metabolic rate and decreases the risk of some diseases. The real question is, “How do you take it?”

How many at-home checks does it take to diagnose high blood pressure?

For people on the verge of being diagnosed with high blood pressure, doctor visits usually involve several checks, along with a recommendation of having more measurements taken at home. But how many?

Get your (exer)game on to make screen time more active

Obesity as young adult sets stage for heart disease, stroke

Young adults who are overweight begin to develop high blood pressure and other heart problems that may put them at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke later in life, a study shows.

Virtual counseling helps lower blood pressure

People with high blood pressure who get on the information highway can avoid roadblocks in their cardiovascular health, according to research.

Protein quality is more important than quantity

High-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal.

How much water do we need for a healthy life?

Our bodies crave water. There’s no way to live without it. But just how much do we need every day to stay healthy?

For men under 50, the more cigarettes smoked, the higher the stroke risk

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked — and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research.

High blood pressure and prediabetes together increase risk to heart

When researchers looked at prediabetes paired with high blood pressure, they found a significant increase in coronary artery disease severity and cardiovascular events.
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Slow Cooker Panang Curry with Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

This rich curry dish that marries chicken and loads of vegetables with coconut milk, only takes 20 minutes of prep. Four hours later your entire home will be smelling exotic. Riced cauliflower creates a nutrient rich addition to this dish to soak up the curry sauce.

Curry-Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuff any color bell with a mix of onion, ground turkey or chicken, zucchini, curry powder, quinoa or brown rice, and cilantro.

Asian Cole Slaw

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe shows you how to put an Asian spin on traditional coleslaw. Toss our soy sauce dressing with vegetables and enjoy!

Zippy Southwest Chicken Fajita Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart, American Southwest salad is a terrific lunch or dinner option when you have leftover chicken in your refrigerator.

Blackened Fish with Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Simple Cooking with Heart offers this tasty fish with a kick in under 10 minutes. This recipe combines a delicious seasoning that's perfect with our strawberry kiwi salsa.

Mango, Avocado and Black Bean Salad

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a colorful, festive and flavorful vegetarian dish that’s easy to make!

Butternut Squash Soup

This golden soup soothes and comforts after a busy day. Many grocery stores now sell the squash already peeled and cubed, so preparation is even easier.

Pork and Butternut Squash Chili

With a lean cut of pork and a massive amount of nutrients from winter squash, this chili delivers on all levels. Make a batch for a sports viewing party; no one will be the wiser of its health benefits.
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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.

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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.