American Heart Association

Lakers star helping kids get active, eat healthy

Randy Ryan of the American Heart Association works with kids to make their own salad – the first they’d ever eaten.

Lettuce, watermelon and a fresh batch of herbs are growing at the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, and Lakers star Pau Gasol – as well as the American […]

Color Your Summer – Seasonal Produce on a Budget

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of fresh fruits and vegetables available in grocery markets and from local growers.Not only are they refreshing during the summer, but they also help prevent heart disease and stroke. If you enjoy gardening, try planting a few vegetable seeds and see […]

SimpleScience@Heart: U.S. adolescents get failing grades for their health

Is your teenager headed for heart problems?

Most in the United States may be, based on a new report on diet, exercise and other healthy behaviors:

More than 80 percent of U.S. adolescents scored a failing grade in the healthy diet category, based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in […]

Eating seasonally in Spring

It happens every spring. We can’t wait for the smell of freshly cut grass, robins flying back into our yard, and the sprouts of fresh vegetables emerging from the earth. But what happens when the novelty of those veggies wears off, and we run out of creative ways to […]

SimpleScience@Heart 7: lucky number for reducing stroke risk

Seven may be your lucky number when it comes to reducing stroke risk.

For every extra seven grams of fiber people added to their daily diet, their risk of having a stroke decreased by 7 percent, according to a new study. That means about half a cup of whole wheat […]

Go green for a healthy St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day usually centers around corned beef and cabbage, shamrocks, leprechauns, and green beer. What a fun time of the year. Here are some tips for making St. Patty’s Day heart healthy for your family. You might learn an Irish jig found on a You Tube video, take […]

Exploring the Unfamiliar

The next time you tell someone that you’re on a low-sodium diet and they respond with something like, “that must be so flavorless,” I want you to ask the following questions in return: When’s the last time you made creamy dal? Or eaten matzoh brie? Or slow roasted pepper […]

Ways to maintain your Heart-healthy resolutions

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.  For most Americans, holiday eating is followed by weight gain and a New Year’s resolution to lose weight.  Studies show that about 60% of Americans are overweight. […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Average American has at least 4 of 7 major heart-health risk factors

The average American has at least four of the seven major factors that compromise their heart health, according to a new study.

The American Heart Association defines ideal heart health as optimal levels of seven factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, smoking, body mass index, diabetes, physical activity and healthy diet.

Research […]

Seasonal Foods for Fall

Forget about all those little umbrella drinks and ice-cream sandwiches that you devoured poolside this summer. It’s officially Autumn and time to turn over a new leaf! The best part about this time of year is that it’s right in the middle of the harvest, which means grocery stores […]