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Keep your healthy habits through the holidays

Keep your healthy habits through the holidays

This guest blog post was written by Gia Fey, a fitness trainer and AHA volunteer.

If you have trouble maintaining healthy habits during the winter, you’re not alone. There may be more parties, more chances to stay out late and more comfort foods to tempt you. It’s important to enjoy this magical time of year but also to find balance. Here are some tips for staying healthy through the holidays.

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Teaching Gardens Network Helps School Gardens Bloom

Teaching Gardens Network Helps School Gardens Bloom

Gardening is a great way for kids to get their hands dirty and play with their food. They also learn where food comes from and how it’s grown. They may even be more likely to try new fruits and vegetables when they’ve helped grow them — and that’s what the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens Network is all about.

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7 Ways to Stay Active with Your Family This Winter

7 Ways to Stay Active with Your Family This Winter

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.

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SNAP Incentive Program Successes Ensure Access to Healthy Foods

SNAP Incentive Program Successes Ensure Access to Healthy Foods

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.

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The exciting future of scientific research

The exciting future of scientific research

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.

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Facebook launches preventive health tool with AHA support

Facebook launches preventive health tool with AHA support

Billions of people use Facebook every day, and more and more, they’re using it to find information.

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Stroke survivor offers inspiring message of Thanksgiving

Stroke survivor offers inspiring message of Thanksgiving

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.

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Transforming the foodscape through innovation — your vote counts

Transforming the foodscape through innovation — your vote counts

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.

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Pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack

Pumpkin seeds are a healthy snack

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.

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