Healthy for Good Blog
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.
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.
This guest post was written by Molly Schroeder, heart attack survivor and an American Heart Association Go Red for Women Real Woman.
A month before I started my senior year of college, my mother passed away at age 58 due to a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in her lung. Just 6 weeks later, at age 21, I had a 90 percent blockage in a coronary artery and survived a heart attack.
After these two life-changing events, I searched for a new “normal.” Topping the list was to make my health my priority.
Developing relationships with your elected officials is vitally important if we want to achieve our goals and help the country be Healthy for Good. We’ve provided some helpful hints and tactics to get you started.
Even though the federal government is partially shut down, members of the 116th Congress are working. With so many new faces in the halls of Congress, state legislatures and your local city councils, now is a perfect time to introduce yourself to your lawmakers and make them allies for heart health and overall healthy living. Developing relationships with your elected officials is vitally important if we want to achieve our goals.
Looking for ways to get your kids off the sidelines and into physical activity? Just in time for Super Bowl LIII, the American Heart Association, the National Football League and Discovery Education are teaming up to help educators across the country get their students’ blood pumping on January 30, 2019.
Social media is full of gratitude challenges this time of year. We’ve got a super-simple one that can help you make a habit of a daily gratitude practice. Expressing gratitude has so many benefits for your health and well-being. It could be the key to achieving your new year’s goals.
2019 is here! A new year means a fresh start for ourselves, our families and our communities. Here’s one resolution to consider: Make 2019 your Year of Action.
It’s up to you to stand up, speak out and take action for healthy changes in your community. We can all do our part to ensure that every child can learn, grow and thrive.
A new year is almost here, and it’s a great time to reset and refocus on your health goals. Even with a million things happening, taking a moment for yourself in the hustle and bustle of the day can help you be Healthy for Good.
If your daily schedule or routine stretches you to the max, it may be time to change things up and give your body a way to push back on that feeling.
When you’re experiencing emotional or mental stress, your body may feel tense as well. Why? Muscle tension is a normal reaction to stress. Something as simple as setting a stretch goal may help you fight off the harmful effects of stress.
Too frequently and too early in life, people of South Asian descent in the United States suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and related conditions. Compared to other ethnic groups, they:
- Are four times more likely to have heart disease.
- Experience heart attacks 10 years earlier on average.
- Have a 50 percent higher mortality rate from heart disease.