American Heart Association

Teen’s commitment to health inspires family to follow her lead

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The weight gain started when Maryflor Peña was in sixth grade. She was eating more of everything — more pasta, more pancakes, more tacos. She’d gained 65 pounds by the time she was in seventh grade.

Tests at a checkup showed her 12-year-old body […]

Warning labels could impact kids’ sugary drink choices

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Health-related warning labels could impact whether adolescents buy sugary drinks, according to a study released this week that looked at kids’ hypothetical choices after being exposed to the labels.

Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the online study included 2,202 demographically diverse children 12 […]

Initiatives encourage Hispanics, Latinos to ditch sugary drinks

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Guillermina Rice has made it her mission to look after the children at her son’s elementary school. It’s there that she championed a healthy beverage initiative.

For Rice, the interest in nutrition and healthy living is personal. Diabetes runs in the family of the […]

Summer health campaign begins

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A summer health campaign begins this week to help with diet, fitness, diabetes prevention and care, access to health care, healthy aging and women’s health.

Available through a digital tool, known as Univision’s Reto 28, the campaign is meant to encourage the Hispanic community […]

Children tend to share their caregivers’ unhealthy metabolic risk factors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Children are often just like their caregivers when it comes to sharing metabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and unhealthy levels of abdominal fat, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology/Lifestyle 2016 Scientific […]

Registration open for the Eat Well Challenge

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Eat Well Challenge celebrates American Heart Month by encouraging participants to eat a heart-healthy meal at least once a day throughout all of February.

Participants only need to make healthy choices at home or to look for the leaf icon next to menu items when dining […]

Testosterone drug lawsuits filed after launch of FDA investigation

More than 50 lawsuits challenging the safety of testosterone drugs have been filed across the country following the launch of a federal investigation into reports of increased heart attack and stroke deaths.

The lawsuits began trickling, and then pouring, into courthouses nationally after the Food and Drug Administration in February […]

Rev. Michael O. Minor preaches the gospel of healthy living

When Rev. Michael O. Minor moved back home to the Mississippi Delta, after 10 years in Boston, he noticed something alarming.

People were dying.

“I was doing a funeral almost every week,” says Rev. Minor, who became pastor of Oak Hill Baptist Church in Hernando, Miss., in 1996, a few years […]

Becky Comet from The Biggest Loser: This is my story.

Family medical history — before The Biggest Loser, I was running from mine.

Heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes — throw in Type 2 diabetes and you’re looking at my family history. And that was just my parents and my only brother. I was obese, on medication for […]

Positive lifestyle changes could reverse aging on a cellular level

 Comprehensive lifestyle changes could increase the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control cell aging, according to a pilot study published in The Lancet Oncology. The findings may lead to a better understanding of how lifestyle changes could reverse aging on a cellular level. 

Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes at […]

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