Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke risk

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping blood pressure under control can lower the risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated to guidelines published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors […]

Eating more fruits, vegetables may cut stroke risk worldwide

Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, according to new research released Thursday.

Researchers found that stroke risk decreased by 32 percent with every 200 grams of fruit consumed daily and 11 percent with every 200 grams of vegetables consumed daily.

The findings came from a […]

“The Biggest Loser” features American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Becky Comet, a former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” and Kelly Meyer, co-founder of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, appeared on the television show last night to share how they’re offering healthier options to children at an Arkansas school.

On the show, Comet and Meyer plant an American Heart […]

“The Biggest Loser” to feature American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Becky Comet, a former contestant on “The Biggest Loser,” and Kelly Meyer, co-founder of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, will appear on the television show Tuesday night to share how healthier options are being offered to children at an Arkansas school.

On the show, Comet explains how she planted […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Personal chef sheds 100 pounds, gains new perspective on food

Kirsten Helle grew up loving food. And there was always plenty to love.

“Celebrations were built around food,” she said. “Every night, dinner was a big production and you ate until you burst.”

Her parents were both great cooks. Her father even had a side business doing catering, making food an even […]

Tips for National Eating Healthy Day

Today is an opportunity to kick off some new habits that may just stick. Little by little, you’ll start to see a difference in how you feel and look.

“Adopting healthy behaviors — whether it’s increasing physical activity or eating healthier —happens one day at a time,” said Rachel K. […]

McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in child care settings. We believe that reaching kids in these environments and teaching them how to make healthy decisions can help […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heart-healthy Teaching Garden overcomes elements, obstacles

First-grade teachers at Richard R. Green Central Park School in Minneapolis were excited to receive an American Heart Association Teaching Garden to learn about healthy foods by planting their own garden.

They were planning to teach the kids in January about the growing cycle, giving them a good foundation before planting […]

Lakers star helping kids get active, eat healthy

Randy Ryan of the American Heart Association works with kids to make their own salad – the first they’d ever eaten.

Lettuce, watermelon and a fresh batch of herbs are growing at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, and Lakers star Pau Gasol – as well as the American […]

Color Your Summer – Seasonal Produce on a Budget

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery markets and from local growers.Not only are they refreshing during the summer, but they also help prevent heart disease and stroke. If you enjoy gardening, try planting a few vegetable seeds and see […]