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What is the impact of the DASH diet on kids?

What is the impact of the DASH diet on kids?

This guest post was written by Juliana Cohen, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

You may have heard of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which is recommended by the American Heart Association and other organizations to reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among adults.

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7 tips for eating healthier at restaurants

7 tips for eating healthier at restaurants

Americans eat and drink too many calories, sodium, sugars, and saturated fat from restaurants. A single restaurant meal can have more sodium than a person should have for the entire day.

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Have We Underestimated the Benefits of a Low-Salt Diet?

Have We Underestimated the Benefits of a Low-Salt Diet?

This post is written by our guest blogger, Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an Instructor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School.

Diet plays a critical role in blood pressure. We know this from studies conducted more than 20 years ago, and it is true today.  While there are several aspects of diet that influence blood pressure, sodium has a major role.  One of the earliest (and most important) studies found that the amount of sodium people ate differed across countries. When scientists looked at these differences, they also saw differences in blood pressure. This made more scientists look for, and find, a relationship between sodium from food and blood pressure.

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3 fun ways to Celebrate a Healthier National Taco Day during Hispanic Heritage Month

3 fun ways to Celebrate a Healthier National Taco Day during Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4 is National Taco Day, and we’d love to celebrate with flavorful, fun, and refreshing ingredients in your taco!

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DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT SODIUM SCIENCE

DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT SODIUM SCIENCE

We know there has been a lot of confusion recently about the science behind sodium reduction. While there are a lot of myths around sodium, at the AHA we know that a large group of scientific research shows lowering sodium intake lowers blood pressure in adults and children.

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Participate in National Family Meals Month this Month

Participate in National Family Meals Month this Month

This guest blog post is written by Jenni Dreyer, RDN, CD, a nutrition communications specialist at Skogen’s Festival Foods in Wisconsin.

No one is going to argue that juggling careers, children, and the never-ending demands of life is exhausting. Unfortunately, this means that family meals are often left behind.

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Healthy Brain Now, Memories Later - 7 Simple Steps

Healthy Brain Now, Memories Later - 7 Simple Steps

Many of us cherish having a life full of memories. A new presidential advisory from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association explains that how you live your life now might help you with those memories! It defines brain health and looks at factors that can help keep your noggin nimble throughout life. Today, we are going to talk about what a healthy brain looks like, and give you seven simple steps for a heathy brain and a (hopefully) happy life.

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Sodium and Sex: 6 tips for a healthier sex life

Sodium and Sex: 6 tips for a healthier sex life

Did you know that what you eat may impact what you can (or can’t) do between the sheets. That’s right: a salty diet can put a damper on some activities in the bedroom. Here’s why.

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Healthy Hydration: Try these 5 tips

Healthy Hydration: Try these 5 tips

We know it can be tempting during this time of year to order, pack, and bring along sugary drinks to school, practice, and parties (think: sports drinks, fruit-flavored beverages, sweet tea, full calorie soft drinks).

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