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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.

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.”

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.

Do I Need to Worry about Gluten?

Many people who do not have conditions that make them sensitive or allergic to gluten are trying to eat gluten-free because they believe it will help them lose weight or give them energy. But will it?

Is high-fructose corn syrup worse than other added sugars?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is one of the most common added sugars. HFCS can be used instead of common table sugar and in the 1970s started being used by the food and beverage industry. But is it worse than other added sugars?

7 Springtime Peak Fruits & Vegetables to Enjoy

Starting in mid-to-late spring, lots of fruit and vegetables are coming into season. Here are a few tasty options.

Knowing Our Numbers, We Improve Our Health

A study presented at the AHA High Blood Pressure Conference suggested that a platform for tracking blood pressure and other health information helped people with high blood pressure to lower their readings.

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.

Can Strength Training Help with Blood Pressure?

Studies have reported several benefits of resistance training — or weight training — including strengthening of bones, muscles and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments). Can it help your blood pressure too?

Exercise Benefits People with Diabetes

Because of obesity, lack of physical fitness or other reasons, people with diabetes may forego exercise, but physical activity benefits them whether they “get in shape” or not.
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Green Bean Casserole

Check out this great Simple Cooking with Heart, heart-healthy version of an American holiday favorite!

Mediterranean Salad

Foods like olive oil, low fat feta cheese, dark leafy greens, beans, onions and tomatoes are all basic Mediterranean ingredients and are featured in this Simple Cooking with Heart salad!

Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumber

This American Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is a terrific vegetable side dish that goes well with just about any main dish you are serving. Or this can be your main dish for a meatless meal or when you want a light meal.

Salmon Loaf with Creamy Cucumber Sauce

This delicious salmon bake from Simple Cooking with Heart tastes great with our cucumber sauce, which also goes well over mixed greens or other summer dishes.

Creamy Spinach Feta Dip

This Simple Cooking with Heart recipe from the American Heart Association is almost guaranteed to make any spinach "disliker" change his or her mind for sure.

Festive Turkey Rice Salad

Try this quick, Simple Cooking with Heart recipe for using holiday leftovers anytime you're craving Thanksgiving flavors. It'll be a nice change after a heavy meal.

Moroccan Chicken with Brown Rice and Lemon Sauteed Spinach

Try this Simple Cooking with Heart special dish featuring the spices of Morocco!

Sautéed Zucchini with Parmesan

Zucchini spears are lightly browned and then sprinkled with fresh oregano to heighten the flavor of mild summer squash.
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