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Heart Healthy Foods to Add to Your Diet

Your heart is a blood-pumping machine that helps you get up and go every day. Of course, you need to refuel in order to keep you heart and your body going, but not any type of fuel will do.

It’s important to maintain a healthy diet with foods that will be good for your heart. These foods will help you keep your ticker in shape and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, which kills over 600,000 people in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some heart healthy foods that you can focus on, plus a few foods that you should avoid.

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Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Now that fall is here, pumpkin season is officially in session. However, a constant diet of pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes might not be the best thing for a healthy diet. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fill of delicious pumpkin-based goodies this year. Here are three healthy pumpkin recipes that you can try out at home.

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Healthy Grilling Tips

The sun is bright and the kids are at home, so it’s about that time to fire up the grill. A good cookout is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of heavy food. Fortunately, there are ways that you can make your summer cookout into a healthier affair. Here are some healthy grilling tips for the summer.

Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program

A little health education can go a long way toward living well. The Living Well program can help teach you about how your food affects your body and the benefits of staying active. The program also comes with special perks, such as gym discounts and daily tips. There are even special rates for partners so that you can work toward living well with someone else by your side. Sign up for Living Well: A Wellness and Weight Loss Program today!


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What it Means to Be Vegan

While the term “vegan” was first coined back in 1944 by English animal rights advocate Donald Watson, interest in the lifestyle has really grown in the past five years. More businesses are becoming vegan-friendly, allowing people to explore new options when it comes to food and other products. 

So exactly what does it mean to be vegan? Here’s a quick guide on how it works.

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Three Healthy Recipes Your Kids Will Love

You don’t need fast food to keep your kids happy. There are plenty of tasty, healthy options that you can serve your children, which will help keep them in shape and prevent childhood obesity. Here are some healthy dishes that your kids will love.

Image of girls cooking. Use these healthy recipes for your kids during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

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Non-Alcoholic "Mocktails" for Your Next Party

You don’t need alcohol to have a party. Whether you’re planning a big shindig or a small gathering with friends, non-alcoholic drinks are great to have around as an option for people who don’t drink. These drinks are just as tasty, and can be healthier, than your typical adult beverage.

It’s easy to make your own mocktails without sacrificing on quality during Alcohol Awareness Month. Follow these simple rules and you’ll make everyone at the party excited to try these options in no time!


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Save Calories

Since you’re making non-alcoholic beverages, cutting liquor from your cocktails is pretty obvious. However, an alcohol-free beverage does more than just provide an option for people abstaining from typical adult beverages; it also helps you cut calories.

One 1.5 oz. serving of vodka has over 60 calories alone while an average beer contains over 150 calories per bottle, so just imagine what a couple of drinks could add up to!

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Tips for Heart-Healthy Living

The heart may not be the strongest or largest muscle in the human body, but it’s arguably the most important, beating roughly 35 million times each year just to keep you going every day. 

However, one out of every four deaths is attributed to heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. In fact, most people don’t know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) kills more Americans than all cancer deaths combined

Heart-healthy living doesn’t have to be hard, so in honor of American Heart Month here are a few simple tips to keep your clock ticking like normal.

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Dieting

Don’t be afraid of the word “diet.” There are plenty of foods that are heart friendly and can still taste great, such as oatmeal, berries, and salmon. Dieting also doesn’t mean that you have to completely cut certain foods out of your life. 

Moderation is a key aspect to dieting, so make sure that you limit things like sodium, which can make your heart work harder when consumed in excess. Protein is a good thing; just try to limit meat servings to roughly the size of your palm. Living at a healthy weight for your size is big part of heart-healthy living.

Exercise

You don’t need a fancy gym membership to work out. Even in winter, there are plenty of simple ways to keep active. According to the American Heart Association, walking is one of the easiest ways to help your heart. 

Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can provide heart health benefits, so fit in some cardio where you can, whether that’s walking around the mall or grocery store while shopping or simply going up and down stairs at home. Even housework can help you reach your goal! 

There are plenty of free apps for your mobile device that can keep track the amount of steps each day, letting you know just how active you are on a daily basis. 

Check out this list of the 25 best fitness apps to help you keep track. 

Healthy Relaxation

Everyone needs to blow off some steam once in a while, but make sure to not harm your heart for the sake of relaxation. Smoking can lead to coronary heart disease in addition to a variety of other health issues. Much like certain foods, alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation. High levels of stress can negatively impact blood pressure. 

Combat stress by finding an activity that you enjoy, like starting a new hobby or listening to music. Even sitting calmly and comfortably for 10 minutes can lead to a healthier future.

Physicians: Spread the Word

Get a free 11x17 “Think Again” poster from the Ohio State Medical Association to encourage patients and professionals to “think again” about the risk factors and symptoms associated with heart disease, particularly as it relates to their gender and ethnicity. 

Download the Free Thank Again Campaign Poster (11”X17”) 

What steps are you taking to be more heart healthy this month? Let us know in the comments below. 

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.



Photo Credit:  “Red Fruits” by Martijn Van Sabben is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0