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 […]

Study says maintaining weight may be best goal for black women

Younger African-American women who are overweight or obese may work harder to get healthy when they’re told to maintain rather than to lose weight, according to a study by Duke University researchers.

The study, which appears in the Aug. 26 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, compared changes in weight and risk […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Your eyes may give a peek into future stroke risk

Doctors may one day be able to peek into your future stroke risk by looking at a picture of your eyes.

In a new study, patients with damaged blood vessels and mild eye blood pressure on pictures of their retina were 35 percent more likely to suffer a stroke. Those […]

Heart Healthy Vacationing

When traveling by car, you’ve already spent a lot of time planning your trip. We all want to make good time, but it’s also important to schedule several breaks into your itinerary, especially if you have children.

Pack a cooler full of healthy snacks, and even complete meals. Chopped veggies, […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Women wish doctors would discuss sex after heart attack

Is sex OK after a heart attack? Yes. And women wish their doctors would say so.

In a small study, researchers found that many women who’d recovered from a heart attack would overcome their fear of resuming sexual activity if their doctor would give them more information. They’d also like […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Walking your dog helps your heart

Here’s yet another reason why dogs are man’s best friend: They could help reduce your risk of heart disease.

The American Heart Association says owning a pet, especially a dog, is likely associated with lower heart disease risk.

Having a dog is particularly helpful because you get in physical activity when […]

SimpleScience@Heart: What’s bad for your heart may be bad for your brain

What’s bad for your heart – smoking, diabetes and other heart disease risk factors – also may be bad for your brain.

In a new study, people with the most heart disease risk factors performed only half as well on brain function tests compared to people with fewer risk factors.

In […]

SimpleScience@Heart: The couch is no place for people with heart defects

If you or your child were born with a heart defect, don’t skip out on physical activities.

While some irregular heartbeat conditions may limit what you can do, most people with heart defects can do just about any physical activity. Just be sure to talk to your doctor about what […]

Fun Ideas for Family Fitness with Your Kids

Exercise is very important for your family.  There are many benefits to fitness.

have stronger muscles and bones
have a leaner body because exercise helps control body fat
be less likely to become overweight
decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes
possibly lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels
have a better outlook on life

One […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Alternative therapies may help lower your blood pressure

Alternative therapies may help reduce your blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association.

An expert panel assessed three alternative remedy categories — exercise; behavioral therapies such as meditation; and devices or non-invasive procedures like acupuncture — and found that some can help people with blood pressure levels higher than […]