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How to eat healthy over the holidays: 6 strategies from the AHA for Holiday Healthy Eating

How to eat healthy over the holidays: 6 strategies from the AHA for Holiday Healthy Eating

The holiday season is all about family, fun and food! Helping your family eat healthy, even during the holidays, doesn’t take a lot of effort. All you need are some tips, recipes, and smart strategies to navigate the holiday season in a healthy way.

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How to achieve a healthier blood pressure: 3 ways to improve your lifestyle

How to achieve a healthier blood pressure: 3 ways to improve your lifestyle

A healthy blood pressure is one key to a healthy you. How do you aim for a healthier blood pressure? One way to begin is to look at what you eat, how much you move, and where you are with your weight.

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Lower your blood pressure by reducing sodium and eating the DASH diet

Lower your blood pressure by reducing sodium and eating the DASH diet

This post is written by our guest blogger, Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an Instructor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School.

The DASH-Sodium trial published in 2001 demonstrated that both the DASH diet and sodium reduction lowered blood pressure in adults who were not taking blood pressure medications. Both sodium reduction and the DASH diet lowered blood pressure.

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12 ways to celebrate Eat Smart Month with friends and family

12 ways to celebrate Eat Smart Month with friends and family

Tis the season for sweet treats and holiday meals. Even the most dedicated healthy eaters can lose focus on eating clean and healthy this time of year. Never fear! The American Heart Association is designating November as Eat Smart Month. We will give you the tools, resources, and ways to take action that will keep you on track and feeling great.

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Go ahead, get Spicy! It Appears to Help Lower High Blood Pressure

Go ahead, get Spicy! It Appears to Help Lower High Blood Pressure

As the weather outside cools down, you can kick up the heat this fall season with spicy foods. Don’t you just love a comforting, spicy chili on a chilly day? Today is all about the comfort foods that will help you spice up the season. In this post, we talk about an exciting new study and nine deliciously spicy recipes for fall.

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FDA Proposal Would Delay Nutrition Label Makeover

FDA Proposal Would Delay Nutrition Label Makeover

Last year, consumers and public health advocates cheered when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that food labels would be getting a long overdue makeover.

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What is the impact of the DASH diet on kids?

What is the impact of the DASH diet on kids?

This guest post was written by Juliana Cohen, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

You may have heard of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which is recommended by the American Heart Association and other organizations to reduce blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among adults.

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7 tips for eating healthier at restaurants

7 tips for eating healthier at restaurants

Americans eat and drink too many calories, sodium, sugars, and saturated fat from restaurants. A single restaurant meal can have more sodium than a person should have for the entire day.

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Have We Underestimated the Benefits of a Low-Salt Diet?

Have We Underestimated the Benefits of a Low-Salt Diet?

This post is written by our guest blogger, Dr. Stephen Juraschek, an Instructor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Harvard Medical School.

Diet plays a critical role in blood pressure. We know this from studies conducted more than 20 years ago, and it is true today.  While there are several aspects of diet that influence blood pressure, sodium has a major role.  One of the earliest (and most important) studies found that the amount of sodium people ate differed across countries. When scientists looked at these differences, they also saw differences in blood pressure. This made more scientists look for, and find, a relationship between sodium from food and blood pressure.

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