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 […]

New policy recommendations made in obesity report

Better access to healthy foods and more opportunities to stay active in low-income communities are among the new policy recommendations issued Tuesday by leading health advocacy groups working to reverse the nation’s obesity epidemic.

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates have leveled off in every state except for […]

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 Almost everyone in the world eats too much salt

No matter where you live, you’re probably eating way more salt than you should.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s population eats nearly twice the recommended amount of salt per day, according to the first study to analyze salt intake across the globe.

The table-top salt shaker, salt and soy sauce added […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Energy drinks may increase blood pressure, disturb heart rhythm

 You may want to rethink downing those energy drinks — they may increase your blood pressure and disturb your heart’s natural rhythm.

In a recent study, healthy people who had one to three cans of an energy drink:

Changed part of the heart’s rhythm that’s linked to fainting and sudden cardiac […]

SimpleScience@Heart: iPad app identifies neurological deficit among stroke survivors

A new iPad app can accurately identify a type of one-sided brain damage in stroke survivors.

The condition, called unilateral neglect, can cause stroke survivors to ignore or forget their weaker side. It usually occurs in a right brain stroke, when someone fails to use their left side. Profound neglect […]

Celebrate your low sodium success!

Low-Sodium Dinner Party

As you near the end of your Twenty-One Day Sodium-Swap Challenge there is one more obstacle to overcome: eating low-sodium, with others. For many, the most daunting task of a low-sodium diet is not the lack of salt, but the lack of company. Or at least the […]

Dining out on a low sodium diet

 The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that you consume no more than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day.  This can be difficult to achieve if you eat out regularly.  Americans get more than three-quarters of their sodium intake from processed and prepared foods, including restaurant foods.  The Center for […]