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National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1 Helps Fight Heart Disease

National Wear Red Day on Feb. 1 Helps Fight Heart Disease

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.

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How to Get involved and Make a Difference in Your Community

How to Get involved and Make a Difference in Your Community

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.

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NFL PLAY 60 Live Virtual Field Trip Will Get Kids Moving

NFL PLAY 60 Live Virtual Field Trip Will Get Kids Moving

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.

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A GRATITUDE CHALLENGE TO JUMP START YOUR HEALTHY NEW YEAR

A GRATITUDE CHALLENGE TO JUMP START YOUR HEALTHY NEW YEAR

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.

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A New Year's Resolution That Will Make a Diffrence in Your Community

A New Year's Resolution That Will Make a Diffrence in Your Community

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.

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Try a Stretch Goal in the New Year

Try a Stretch Goal in the New Year

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.

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Support the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act

Support the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act

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.
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The Gift of Self-Care this Holiday Season: Stress Less

The Gift of Self-Care this Holiday Season: Stress Less

This guest post was written by Angie Kalousek Ebrahimi, a Blue Shield of California lifestyle medicine expert.

Your email is blowing up. The kids are fighting. Your calendar is filling up with holiday parties. The season is coming! Ahh, the holidays — filled with love and joy, but not enough hours in the day.

And sometimes big stress like illness or family conflict come into play. How can the “do it all” mom get through it all? Here are a few ground rules for surviving — and even enjoying — the holiday season.

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Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: A Great Holiday Gift for Home Cooks

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: A Great Holiday Gift for Home Cooks

What do you give the foodie - chef - cookbook lover - slow cooker owner - healthy eater on your holiday shopping list? The gift of delicious new recipes, of course!

The American Heart Association’s beloved, bestselling Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook —updated with 30 new recipes and full-color images — makes a perfect holiday gift.

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