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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.

You Can't Outrun a Bad Diet

A common misconception is that as long as you are physically active you can eat anything you want — “What’s another slice of pizza, I’ll walk it off tomorrow!”

FDA Bans Trans Fats

Based on a thorough review of scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the major dietary source of industrially-produced trans fat in processed foods, are no longer generally recognized as safe. Food manufacturers have three years to remove PHOs from products.

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.

How Quitting Smoking Improves Your Life - Short-term and Long

In your first 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate goes down.By now every smoker knows the habit is unhealthy, but there’s more to quitting than frightening statistics. There are many benefits to smoke-free living, and you don’t have to wait a year to experience them — they begin immediately. Here’s a timeline of how your life improves.

An Avocado a Day may Help Keep Bad Cholesterol at Bay

Eating an avocado every day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering, moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese people, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

What’s that you’re Drinking?

A lot of calories may come from what you drink. Some beverages offer nutrient benefits and others don’t. Understanding the good and bad points of what you drink is as important as doing the same for what you eat.

Tips for Managing your Meds

Most people with cardiovascular disease are taking doctor-prescribed medications. Those drugs cannot work as expected if they are not taken as directed. Medication adherence (taking medicines as prescribed) is important to effectively manage a condition. Here are some tips for doing that.

3 Ways to Be Sure You Exercise Safely

Getting enough physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health and it’s important to be sure that when you exercise, you’re doing it safely. Learn three ways to do just that.
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Turkey Picadillo

This Simple Cooking with Heart Latin recipe features fruits and veggies as well as a variety of flavorful spices served with whole-grain corn tortillas.

Sweet Potato Nachos

What child won't want to try orange nachos? The Seasoned sweet potatoes with the mellow cheese create a wonderful combination for a snack or healthier game-day appetizer.

Classic Margherita Pizza with Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

This Italian Simple Cooking with Heart recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

Baby Spinach and Tomato Salad with Warm Olive Vinaigrette

When heirloom tomatoes are in season, use any two red and yellow varieties in this simple salad for a beautiful presentation. Year-round, cherry tomatoes provide a bit more sweetness.

Rosemary-Peach Chicken Kebabs with Orange Glaze

End your day on a sweet note with these chicken-and-peach kebabs brushed with a honeyed citrus glaze.

Broiled Salmon Over Garden-Fresh Corn and Bell Peppers

Celebrate summer with a dish that marries seasonal local corn, bell peppers, and garden-grown basil and mint with the rich taste of salmon. Serve this dish with brown rice, wholewheat couscous, or quinoa, and dinner is ready!

Garden-Fresh Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the ultimate summertime vegetarian dish because it maximizes the garden’s bounty and it’s served at room temperature or chilled.

Warm Dill Potato Salad

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