Healthy for Good Blog
This guest blog is by Len Saunders, an American Heart Association spokesperson on childhood obesity.
During the summer, the kids are out of school, the weather is beautiful, the days are longer and you’re more motivated to get the family outside for some physical activity. During the winter, things change — the kids are tired from school, the weather gets colder, the days are shorter and you’re less motivated to brave the cold to exercise. But even when it’s frigid outside, you can find a way to stay active.
This holiday season, loved ones will gather around their dinner tables to share meals, memories and gratitude. But millions of others where we live, work, go to school and worship lack the resources to meet their most basic food needs.
This guest blog is from Jean McSweeney, RN, PhD, FAHA, FAAN. She is a past chair of the AHA Central Arkansas Board of Directors and received the Healthcare Volunteer of the Year award.
Hope for the future — and questions about what is to come — often lead to change. In the scientific world, those things lead to research.
Billions of people use Facebook every day, and more and more, they’re using it to find information.
This guest blog was written by Kimberly Torella, a Stroke Survivor and Volunteer for the American Heart Association – Kern County Division
Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family for a delicious meal and reflect on what we’re thankful for. In October 2016, my perspective on life was changed in an instant. At 29, I survived an ischemic stroke (when a blood vessel to the brain is blocked) that paralyzed the left side of my body.
The American Heart Association is working to create a world of longer, healthier lives through better nutrition for all. That’s why we’re encouraging innovative leaders across the foodscape to improve our food supply and provide healthier foods that taste good and are good — for our families, our communities and our planet.
This Halloween, don’t toss those tasty seeds you’re scooping out of the stringy guts of the jack-o'-lantern. They’re an easy and delicious snack even the kids will love. Store-bought pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are easy to eat and loaded with nutrients — but they may be loaded with salt as well. When they come straight from the source, pumpkin seeds are lower in sodium and have more of the minerals that make them so nutritious.
We know we can add color with fruits and vegetables at every meal, but could we see even more health benefits from eating a mainly plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet? According to new research, the answer may be a hearty “yes!”
The topic of mental health is making headlines, which may bring it some needed attention. Greater awareness and less stigma can help shed light on this pervasive problem. And maybe we’ll begin to treat our mental well-being the same as our physical well-being. After all, a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body.