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Friends get kids off the couch; the outdoors helps them be more active, study suggests

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hanging out with friends can make kids less sedentary, but having inviting outdoor spaces and nearby parks can help them be more physically active, according to new research.

Both are important for kids’ health, said Tracie Barnett, lead author of a study based on data mined […]

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Put a spring in your step. The season brings opportunities to reboot, refocus on health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Spring is a time of renewal, a time for house cleaning, gardening and planning a trip to reboot from winter. But it’s also an opportunity to get back on track with physical activity and improve your overall approach to health.

Here are four ways to help […]

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Brrrr-ing on the healthy tips for the rest of winter

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s been a brutal winter across much of the country, and if you’re not hunkering down just trying to keep warm, you’re likely looking for fun ways to break the cabin fever.

Whether you’re braving the elements for sports-watching parties, warm drinks with friends, or more […]

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Aerobic exercise training can reduce heart failure risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s possible to reverse some of the damage caused by all that time sitting on the sofa.

Research recently showed that middle-aged couch potatoes who participate in two years of regular aerobic exercise training can improve their risk of heart failure.

Study participants – ages 45-64 – who […]

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Exercise resolution fizzling? These expert tips can help

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Whether you’re just starting a new exercise regime for 2018 or already tinkering with your plan, congratulations – you’re among millions of Americans trying to sweat off the holiday sluggishness.

Embarking on a physical activity program is a good goal, health experts say, especially if you’re […]

Study: Nearly 20 percent with high heart attack risk don’t think they need to improve their health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Nearly one in five people with the highest heart attack risk don’t believe they need to improve their health, according to a Canadian study.

Among 45,443 adults participating in the 2011-12 Canadian Community Health Survey, 17.7 percent at greatest risk (five or more risk factors) didn’t […]

Pokémon Go may help you take steps toward better health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — You may be taking steps — literally — in the right direction for your health by playing the ubiquitous, popular Pokémon Go.

In a study presented Wednesday at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2017 Scientific Sessions, the smartphone game […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training significantly […]

Adopting heart-healthy habits could save billions in Medicare costs

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

More than $41 billion in Medicare costs could be saved each year if beneficiaries achieved five to seven of the healthy habits that reduce heart disease, according to new research.

The American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 is a composite measure of seven modifiable heart-healthy factors: […]

Moderate physical activity lowers heart disease risk in young women

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women under age 50 who do moderate physical activity can lower their risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Among women ages 27-44 at the start of the study, researchers found:

Women with the highest level of leisure time physical activity had a 25 […]