Healthy for Good Blog
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.
If you like to spend time in nature, an outdoor adventure club may be just the thing to get you moving more. It’s a fun and social way to get more physical activity, and it can help keep you motivated to exercise.
Chances are you’ve heard a lot about vaping and electronic cigarettes lately. From mysterious and deadly illnesses to congressional hearings and state bans, the news has focused on tobacco marketing tactics and what we don’t know about flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes. Here’s what we do know.
Indoor gardening is definitely having a moment. And it’s gone high-tech, making it easier than ever to grow your own fruits, vegetables and herbs without a yard, sunlight, rain, soil – or even a green thumb!
What’s in that sippy cup?
Research shows that what children drink from birth through age 5 can have a big impact on their health. With so many choices – from milk to juice to water and other drinks – it can be confusing to know which drinks are healthy and which aren’t. That’s why some of the nation’s leading experts on children’s health came together to develop new beverage recommendations. They’re intended to help parents and caregivers choose what’s best for their kids.