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How to live a longer, healthier life

How to live a longer, healthier life

It’s no secret: how you live can determine your health.

Health experts have identified several key factors that help us stay well and prevent heart disease and stroke.

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Vaping and Trendy Tobacco Products Threaten the Tobacco Endgame

Vaping and Trendy Tobacco Products Threaten the Tobacco Endgame

Smoking has been a health no-no for so long that we take it for granted. Surely, everyone understands the risks by now, right? Smoking by U.S. adults has declined from 21 percent in 2005 to 14 percent in 2018, and that is good news. But the outlook is not so rosy for kids.

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The National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI): Engaging Industry to Lower Sugar in the Food and Beverage Supply

The National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI): Engaging Industry to Lower Sugar in the Food and Beverage Supply

This guest blog was written by Andrea Sharkey, MPH.

The Problem

As many of us take charge of our health, the need for clear nutritional information about the foods we eat becomes more and more important.  That’s why it’s vital that the food and beverage industries communicate openly on labels and lower the amount of added sugars in our food supply. Make no mistake, sugar is everywhere. 

It’s listed on labels as names we might not recognize like dextrose, barley malt, or rice syrup. It's also hidden in products we might not expect like barbeque sauce, yogurt, and granola. A food supply lower in added sugar, will make it easier for all of us to make healthy choices.

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New Sodium Recommendations Help You Take Back Control of Salt in Your Food. Here are Four Simple Steps.

New Sodium Recommendations Help You Take Back Control of Salt in Your Food. Here are Four Simple Steps.

New sodium recommendations have come out of the National Academies. The good news?  The recommendations tell us what the American Heart Association has been saying, too: eat less sodium! The not-so-great news? More than 70 percent of the sodium we eat in America comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. Today, let’s talk about four simple steps that will help you take back control of the salt in your food.

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Where Does Salt Lurk?

Where Does Salt Lurk?

Salt lurks in food. So, World #SaltAwarenessWeek on March 4-10 is a good time to become a salt detective.

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Pledge for Healthier Food Options

Pledge for Healthier Food Options

You strive to achieve the Healthy for Good lifestyle. You even make it a priority to cook fresh, healthy food for you and your family.

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Make It Your Mission to Choose Healthier Options at the Grocery Store

Make It Your Mission to Choose Healthier Options at the Grocery Store

Grocery stores have oodles of healthy foods. But as you’re strolling aisle after aisle, it can be a challenge to toss the best options in your cart.

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Give Your Heart a Valentine with My Heart Check-Life’s Simple 7

Give Your Heart a Valentine with My Heart Check-Life’s Simple 7

If Cupid aims his arrow at your heart this Valentine’s Day, will he hit a healthy target?  The season of heart-shaped boxes is a good time to examine your heart health.  We’ve made your checkup simple through something we call “Life’s Simple 7.” These are seven very basic factors and behaviors that have been proven to boost your health.

You can take them in any order you choose.  Even doing one or two steps can lead to big results.

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Heart Month Reminds Us That We’re In Charge

Heart Month Reminds Us That We’re In Charge

This guest post was written by Dr. Phoebe Ashley, a woman’s heart health expert.

Each day we remember to brush our teeth, take our vitamins, and hopefully floss (if we’re good). These routines become second nature to us because we know they’re good for our health. What we sometimes overlook are the daily steps we can take to protect one of the most important organs in our bodies, our hearts.

That’s what makes national observances like American Heart Month so important. It’s a time not only to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women worldwide, but also to remind us that we can do something to stop it. Maintaining a healthy heart is a journey and making small daily changes now can add up to big results later.

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