American Heart Association

SimpleScience@Heart 7: lucky number for reducing stroke risk

Seven may be your lucky number when it comes to reducing stroke risk.

For every extra seven grams of fiber people added to their daily diet, their risk of having a stroke decreased by 7 percent, according to a new study. That means about half a cup of whole wheat […]

Ramp Up Your Workout Motivation

 Has your workout become routine and boring?   Lack of motivation seems to be one of the biggest barriers for a lot of people who are exercising and eating healthy. Staying motivated just requires a bit of creativity and variety. Let’s look at a few options.

How about dancing your way […]

Look out for hidden sodium in processed foods

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that all Americans consume no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, more than twice our average intake of 3,400 mg of sodium.  But, what does 1,500 mg of sodium really mean?  Chemically sodium is the positive ion in sodium chloride […]

Finding Flavor Beyond the Shaker

For the next three weeks, the American Heart Association challenges you to kick back on the salt. But that doesn’t mean three weeks of eating boring, bland food. Instead, it means you’re about to discover a whole world of flavor beyond the shaker. And experience a few AHA flavor […]

Ways to maintain your Heart-healthy resolutions

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.  For most Americans, holiday eating is followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.  Studies show that about 60% of Americans are overweight. […]

The Current State of our Heart Health

Poor eating and exercise habits could be the game-changer in the fight against heart disease and stroke deaths, according to the American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013.

Between 1999 and 2009, the death rate from heart disease fell  over 30 percent, but still accounted for nearly […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Average American has at least 4 of 7 major heart-health risk factors

The average American has at least four of the seven major factors that compromise their heart health, according to a new study.

The American Heart Association defines ideal heart health as optimal levels of seven factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, physical activity and healthy diet.

Research […]

Working out in cooler weather

If you’ve been exercising outdoors lately you might be feeling more like a popsicle after a workout than heart healthy. As the temperatures start to drop many people find it more difficult to get their daily physical activity. Exercising outdoors during the Fall and Winter presents some chilly challenges […]

Dodging the Flu helps your Heart

Flu season is upon us. While all the coughing, sniffling and wheezing can be tough on your sinuses, it can also be harsh on your heart. But before you stock up on tissues or whip up a bowl of Mom’s chicken noodle soup, check out these tips for staying […]

Keep Calm and Organize On

This post is an ode to the organizers. Those of you who have immaculate desks at work, color code your entire closets or label everything in your homes– including the label maker.  In honor of National Get Organized week, I salute you.

I have never been one of those people. […]