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Three Ways You Can Reduce the Impact of Cardiovascular Disease this American Heart Month

Most of the readers of this blog know that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one killer of men and women in this country. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, CVD is a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities. Out-of-hospital cardiac … (read full article)

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The Hospital Fast Food Debate: How a Simple, Low-cost Idea can Improve What People in Hospitals Eat

Back in April 2012, nearly two dozen hospitals that host fast food restaurant chains received a letter from an advocacy group asking them to evict their fast food tenants and to “stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health.” But as it turns out, many of these outlets … (read full article)

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World Heart Day Underscores Why Exercise and Diet Count

This year’s World Heart Day on Sunday, September 29 will focus on raising awareness around changes that individuals – especially women and children – can incorporate into their daily habits to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Created in 2000 by the World Heart Federation (WHF) to highlight … (read full article)

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Patient Advocacy Group Shares Solutions to Fuel Greater Participation in Workplace Wellness Programs

Workplace wellness is not a new concept, but it is definitely one that is recently gaining more importance. With non-communicable diseases on the rise, many people are becoming more concerned about what lifestyle choices can be made to avoid them and stay healthy. Furthermore, businesses recognize the cost of stressed, … (read full article)

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Turning DASH Strategy into Reality for Improved Cardio Wellness Outcomes: Part II

As part of their health & wellness program, the largest health insurer sent me a refrigerator magnet highlighting the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension Diet (DASH).  In their accompanying letter, the company stated that the refrigerator magnet is a “tool to help you manage your blood pressure.” … (read full article)

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More Patients DASH to New Solution to Reduce High Blood Pressure: Part I

What’s the solution to reversing the tide of hypertension, the most commonly diagnosed condition in the United States?  More evidence indicates that the answer begins with the food choices we make every day. An underlying cause of heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease, one in three American adults now experiences high … (read full article)

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Good for Your Body and Your Budget

Does stocking your shelves with nutritious foods always mean breaking your budget at the grocery store or local market? You probably think the answer is yes, but what we found might shock you. Dawn Undurraga, a consulting nutritionist for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and registered dietitian, tells a different … (read full article)

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Take a Vacation from Guilt with Practical Tips for Healthful Eating

Worried that your upcoming summer getaway will mean overindulgence and more hours on the treadmill? Well you might be relieved to find out that coming home from your next trip doesn’t have to mean running away from the scale. Following a few simple, evidence-based eating strategies will equip you with the … (read full article)

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Say Goodnight to Unhealthy Diet Habits for Better Sleep

Are you having trouble getting enough zzz’s? If so, it might be time for a quick inventory of your bed-time diet to avoid another round of tossing, turning and sleep deprivation come the next day. Although a variety of health factors play a role in the duration and quality of … (read full article)

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Not So Fast! Chews Your Bites Carefully.

You might ask what gulping down your meal has to do with health. Well, the reason could lie somewhere in your middle. Proper diet and exercise are critical ingredients to successful weight management, but there’s even more to the story. When you have your next meal, remember that fewer bites … (read full article)