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Expert Tips for Starting a Physical Activity Program

Embarking on a physical activity program is a good goal, health experts say, especially if you’re doing it for the right reasons — to improve overall health and feel better. As part of such a goal, it’s important to find a fitness plan that suits your needs.

Losing Weight – A Primer

The formula for weight loss is neither secret nor mysterious — more calories burned than consumed. But if losing weight were as simple as that, then two-thirds of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese.

Salty Science

Extensive research has shown that too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, a primary cause of heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the world. Interestingly, the salt shaker is not the culprit. Learn about the science of dietary sodium.

Love your heart, love your brain . . . it’s simple

Heart disease and brain health go hand in hand. In fact, many forms of heart disease are associated with cognitive impairment, cognitive decline or dementia. The good news? The seven simple factors for heart health support your brain health, too.

I want to quit smoking, but my family may hate me

Within 24 hours of quitting smoking, some people are irritable, frustrated, anxious and experience a number of other unpleasant effects. That’s the bad news. The good news is, there are ways to blunt those effects.

To Work as Expected, Do as Directed

Medical adherence — following doctor’s orders — is a huge issue in medicine. Adherence comprises both lifestyle and medication prescriptions. Neither can work as expected if not used as directed.

Is Owning a Pet Good for You?

We know a lot of love passes between pets and their people, but does having a pet help our heart health?

12 Ways to Couple Up for Heart Health

Choosing to be heart-healthy together may help both of you meet your goals.

A Diet Soda a Day May Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a study suggests.

Temptation may be Stronger in Social Settings

According to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the temptation to overeat for people trying to lose weight or maintain a lower body weight is stronger when eating in a social setting.

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.
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Lose Weight

Learn the simple equation to taking pounds off and keeping them off.

Get Active

Use this physical activity information to help you get active and stay active, for life.

Quit Smoking

Learn the risks and quit today. We can help.

Eat Better

At the heart of good health is good nutrition.

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Check. Change. Control.® Tracker for Blood Pressure

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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.

Slow Cooker Sauerbraten

Here is a great Simple Cooking with Heart comfort food recipe! Sauerbraten is a German-style beef stew that’s cooked in a vinegar sauce with warm spices.
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Heart health news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

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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.