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Processed vs ultra-processed food and why it matters to your health

To eat well, you need to know the difference between processed and ultra-processed food.

If you think before you snack, it's not so bad

For better or worse, snacks are a big part of the American diet. But between-meal eating doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Obesity, other factors may speed up brain aging

The brains of middle-age adults may be aging prematurely if they have obesity or other factors linked to cardiovascular disease, a new study finds.

The road to better exercise might be in your playlist

Science shows that listening to motivational tunes can help you exercise better – and feel better doing it, too.

High blood pressure, unhealthy diets in women of childbearing age

One in five women who are in peak years for childbearing has high blood pressure, setting the stage for increased health risks during pregnancy. A popular diet could help.

Quitting smoking could lead to major changes in gut bacteria

Giving up cigarettes leads to significant changes in intestinal microbes, which could impact heart health, according to a new study.

Scared to exercise after a heart attack? It’s probably scarier if you don’t.

For heart attack survivors, working out may be the last thing they want to do. It should probably be the first.

Making the most of your health in the workplace

Americans spend so many hours at work that it makes sense to view the office as a place to promote good health.

Half of U.S. adults should monitor blood pressure at home, study says

About 104 million U.S. adults should monitor their blood pressure outside the doctor's office, according to a new study. That might be the best way to account for sometimes skewed results.

Popcorn as a snack: Healthy hit or dietary horror show?

Prepared properly, popcorn can be the feel-good nutritious hit of summer. Done wrong, it can get bad reviews.

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.
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Chicken Shawarma

Chicken Shawarma is a garlicky Middle-Eastern dish. While it’s often served in a pita, it‘s equally delicious served on a bed of romaine and topped with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta. This easy-to-make dish will become a favorite go-to on those extra-busy nights.

Coconut Curry Halibut with Green Beans and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

The harmony of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors in this Asian-inspired dish stimulates the appetite. The halibut, whose velvety texture will melt in your mouth, rests on a fluffy bed of jasmine rice.

Roasted Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, etc. with a favorite herb like rosemary and a sweet hint of balsamic brings out the nutty flavors.

Salmon En Papillote

The name of this dish may not be familiar to you, but it simply means that the fish is cooked enclosed in a cooking parchment packet. With this method, not only are the flavors of the fish and vegetables locked inside but serving and cleanup are a breeze.

Avocado-Chimichurri Steak with Grilled Asparagus

This chimichurri sauce is packed with herby flavor and pairs especially well with smoky charred meat from the grill.

Greek Frittata with Spinach Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Surprise! You can make brunch in a slow cooker. This veggie-packed frittata is infused with Mediterranean flavors. Invite your friends over, toss a fresh fruit salad, toast some whole-grain country bread, and you're ready for an almost effortless get-together.

Kale and Red Quinoa Soup

This protein-packed soup is an ideal dinner for busy days. Herbes de Provence lend a flavor of the French Riviera and the smoked paprika harmonizes nicely with the pepperiness of the kale.

Beef Stew with Fresh Mango

Fresh mango and cilantro add the perfect balance to this beef stew with its full-flavored complements of Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and just a bit of cinnamon. Serving it over whole-wheat couscous is an easy way to boost your fiber intake.
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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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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.