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Does When and How Often I Eat Matter?

There are plenty of ways to eat, and they are not equal in their effect on your weight and heart health. Recently the American Heart Association investigated this topic and published a scientific statement about meal planning and the timing and frequency of eating.

Smoking and Peripheral Artery Disease

Tobacco use is a strong risk factor for developing PAD and for worsening of the disease. Some studies suggest that quitting smoking is associated with lower rates of some symptoms, serious complications and death in patients with PAD.

Understanding and Tracking Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is an important part of everyone’s health, because high blood pressure contributes to many forms of cardiovascular diseases. It benefits everyone to understand and monitor their blood pressure.

What's Growing in Your Child's Imagination?

What's growing in your child's imagination? Help plant the seed about how fun and tasty vegetables and fruits can be!

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.

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.

Prehypertension During Pregnancy Could Lead to Cardiovascular Risks

Pregnant women who experience persistent blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of normal may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome and increased cardiovascular risk after giving birth, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

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.

Inherited High Cholesterol Increases Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their parents are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, including an accelerated onset of coronary heart disease by up to 30 years.

High Blood Pressure Domino Effect

High blood pressure (HBP) has many consequences. For instance, it is the second-leading cause of kidney failure. The kidneys and the circulatory system depend on each other for good health.

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.

More Aggressive Treatment of High Blood Pressure Saves Lives in Study

The AHA guidelines currently recommend a systolic pressure of less than 140 millimeters of mercury for most adults with high blood pressure. But doctors say new findings presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2015 support a steeper goal of 120.
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Asian Marinated Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This Simple Cooking with Heart Asian salad is a really delicious way to eat more vegetables and may become your new favorite salad!

Texas Caviar

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a classic and traditional Southern-American black-eyed pea salad that’s full of flavor and fresh vegetables.

Open-Faced Italian Vegetable Sandwich with Ham or Turkey

Simple Cooking with Heart offers this great-tasting decked-out sandwich that fits into a healthy eating plan.

Tex-Mex Black Bean and Chicken Wrap

This delicious Simple Cooking with Heart Sandwich not only tastes amazing, but it's also a good way to get some veggies into your day.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Our Simple Cooking with Heart version of this American family favorite is creamy and delicious but is lower in fat, higher in fiber and much more heart healthy.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs

This Simple Cooking with Heart Italian recipe is an upgrade from the classic - it has more fiber and vegetables, less saturated fat and sodium but it sure delivers on taste.

Crockpot Pulled Orange Chicken Tacos with Pickled Vegetables

Here is a fantastic American/Southern, Simple Cooking with Heart barbecue beef recipe that you can make a ‘set-it-and forget-it' feast of chicken tacos.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Homemade Potato Chips

Here is a great American, Simple Cooking with Heart dish to make on a game day, a weekend or when you have a little extra time.
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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.

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.