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  • Active Lifestyle

    • Man drinking from water bottleStaying Hydrated – Staying Healthy
      You’ve no doubt heard someone say it is important to drink water. But, do you actually know why it is important? This article explains the body’s need for water and the role it plays in heart health. […]
    • Women out for a walkWalk, Don’t Run, Your Way to a Healthy Heart
      Too often we believe that the only way to make a positive impact on our health is by running. Not true. In fact, a study showed that walking briskly can lower your risk of diabetes, high cholesterol […]
    • Group of men walkingRecommendations for Physical Activity in Adults
      Physical activity is important to help prevent heart disease and stroke. As we age, we need to continue to be physically active. What we do may need to change, but the key factor is that we continue […]
    • Young woman holding fruit and water bottleHow to Fuel Up for Your Workout
      Your body is your vehicle — keep your engine running with the proper nutrients before hitting the gym. Stick to quality carbohydrates, lean proteins and heart-healthy fats and fluids to […]
    • Man out for a runWinter Workout Motivation
      Are you guilty of saying one of these during the winter? “I’ll do it tomorrow.” “It’s too cold outside.” “I have too much to do to work out.” If so, […]
    • Young people stretchingMake Exercise a Friendly Affair
      The old saying “there’s power in numbers” certainly holds true when it comes to exercising with a group. Working out with others keeps you accountable, motivated and supported […]
  • Blood Pressure

    • Young man holding a pillVitamin D Supplements May Help Blacks Lower Blood Pressure
      Vitamin D supplements may help African-Americans lower their blood pressure, researchers report in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. In fact, after three months, systolic blood […]
    • Young woman relaxing with headphones onHow to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally
      When it comes to matters of the heart, high blood pressure is one of the most preventable problems. That’s a good thing — because it’s serious. High blood pressure contributes to 15 […]
    • Man out for a jogUnderstand Your Risk for High Blood Pressure
      The cause of high blood pressure in many cases is unknown. However, research has found that there are several factors that can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure. Some of these risk […]
    • Women discussingWhat is High Blood Pressure?
      High blood pressure is often a misunderstood medical condition. It is important to understand the facts about high blood pressure so that you know what actually takes place in the body when blood […]
    • Blood pressure measurement deviceUnderstanding Blood Pressure Reading
      High blood pressure often has no symptoms, and yet the health consequences if not treated, can be deadly. Learn the basics about blood pressure and the numbers associated with it. Understanding these […]
    • Measuring blood pressureAHA Blood Pressure Website
      Blood pressure is something everyone has and needs. However, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is a danger to your health. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has a great […]
  • Children’s Health

    • Family enjoying a healthy breakfast10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy
      Getting kids to make smart food choices can be a challenge. If they had it their way many would choose the four Cs: cookies, candy, cake and chips. Help them evaluate their food choices and make […]
    • Father and son preparing a saladKeep Your Kids Healthy
      Good nutrition is key to your kids living a heart-healthy life, yet about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. And many are from diverse […]
    • Mother cutting an apple for her daughterFive Tips for Raising Healthy Kids
      Need a little help making sure your little ones have a healthy diet? The best advice is to start early. Read on for five more tips. 1. Make snacks healthy. When your kids ask for candy and a soda, […]
    • Adults running with childrenTop 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits
      As a parents, children look to you to help guide and teach them. You have the opportunity and responsibility to help your child develop healthy habits early in life that can impact their health for a […]
    • Young boy eating a healthy mealPreventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents and Caretakers
      Balance is key when helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Teaching your child to balance the number of calories consumed by the number of calories used through physical activity and normal […]
    • Children playing outdoors5 Ways Play Can Change Your Day
      Being active in a way that benefits your heart health does not require a fancy sports facility or personal trainer. You might be surprised to learn that as long as the activity the children are doing […]
  • CPR

    • Find a CPR class graphicBe the Difference for Someone You Love
      Learn CPR in Just 90 Seconds Are you prepared to save the people you love? Cardiac arrest can happen at any time and in any place. In fact, 70% of the time cardiac arrests happen at home. About 90% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. What is a cardiac arrest? It is an […]
    • CPR training classAHA CPR & ECC
      This website provides information concerning CPR and First Aid training. Here you will find the locations of available trainings for First Aid, CPR AED or blood-borne pathogens. Courses for healthcare professionals, as well as those with no medical training are available. The site also grants […]
    • Man teaching woman how to perform CPRBe the Beat
      This site aimed at teachers and school administrators provides free tools and resources to help start and sustain CPR and AED programs in schools. These tools and resources can be used to teach students the two simple steps to Hands-Only CPR. Knowing these two steps can more than double a victim’s […]
    • CPR trainingWhy Become CPR Certified
      View in Spanish Families and communities look out for each other. Learning CPR gives you the power to be prepared for an emergency — and it’s probably easier than you think. Most people who suffer a cardiac arrest end up dying because they don’t receive medical attention fast enough. But if more […]
  • Healthy Eating

    • Photo of chicken mealAlmond-Crusted Chicken Fingers
      Dinner time can be tough! Between getting home from work, helping with homework, cleaning up the house and a million other things, you want to prepare something healthy for your family. This […]
    • Variety of foodsDo You Know Your Danger Zones?
      You’ve been watching your weight and practicing portion control when all of a sudden you find yourself in troubled waters — your willpower tested! Whether you’re letting loose at […]
    • Photo of oatmealHealthy Breakfast Makeovers – Start Your Day Off Right
      Mornings can be hectic, but starting the day with breakfast can help your metabolism, cut down on what you eat the rest of the day and boost your energy. Learn how to make quick, healthy breakfast […]
    • Photo of vegetables in a basketMake Your Produce Last Longer
      Does it seem like your veggies go bad right after you buy them? Here are some tips to keep them fresher longer: Tip # 1 Remove pre-washed greens from their original container and toss any spoiled […]
    • Nutrition Facts graphicRead Labels, Stay Healthy
      It’s a good idea to fill your cart with low-calorie, low-sodium and low-fat items, but with so much information on the label, it’s hard to know what to look for. Make healthier choices by […]
    • Photo of a saladMake Your Meal Nutty
      Adding almonds — the “super nut” — can pump up the flavor, crunch and nutrition of some of your favorite dishes. Almonds have many health benefits — more than any other […]
  • Heart Health

    • Elderly woman with doctorCommon Misconceptions about Cholesterol
      Your cholesterol levels can have a major impact on your health. Since cholesterol can be both good and bad, it is important to know the facts about cholesterol. This article addresses some of the […]
    • Variety of nuts and avocadoGood vs. Bad Cholesterol
      What is “good” cholesterol? How does it differ from “bad” cholesterol? We often hear about “good” and “bad” cholesterol, but most of us don’t really know what makes one good and the other bad. […]
    • Young woman enjoying a saladAHA Cholesterol Website
      Understanding is the best method of prevention. The American Heart Association wants to make sure you understand what cholesterol is and how it can increase one’s risk of heart disease or stroke. […]
    • Family Tree graphicMy Family Health Tree
      Each of us can look in the mirror and see some of the physical traits have been passed on to us by our family members. These traits include our eye color, hair color and height. But those are not the […]
    • Scanner Pedometer deviceThe Power of Knowing Your Numbers
      Knowledge is power, and knowing the important numbers related to your heart health is powerful. If you simply know what your numbers are and track them over time, you can better understand what you […]
    • Happy smiling familyHispanics and Heart Disease
      Heart health is important for every American. Yet, Hispanics and Latinos are at even higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It is for this reason that understanding what the many […]
  • Influencing Your Family/Community

    • Family enjoying time outdoorsWorld Stroke Day – Oct. 29th
      Did you know that your environment can affect your risk for stroke? Watch the video. How can your environment put you at risk for stroke? Lack of easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables (food […]
    • Mother holding daughter who is blowing bubblesMLK Day
      “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. […]
    • Women enjoying a conversationHow to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
      Caregivers are so busy caring for others that they can forget to take care of their own emotional, spiritual and physical health. Knowing the signs that point to caregiver burnout can help protect […]
    • Happy familyPower To End Stroke is EmPowering You To Serve!
      Become even more active in your quest to improve your health and the health of your community! For almost a decade now, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has helped leverage […]
    • Nurse discussing with patientFacing the Five Biggest Latino Health Challenges
      View in Spanish Discussing Latino health challenges can bring up strong political, cultural and medical debates. Why do Latinos have a higher prevalence of obesity, diabetes and risk of heart disease […]
    • Mom and daughter shopping for vegetablesKeep Family Fun Healthy
      View in Spanish Looking for quality activities that will bring your whole family together? Finding fun, healthy activities the entire family will enjoy can be simple and help create lasting bonds. […]
  • Personal Stories

    • Cynthia Essex profile photoStories from the Heart: Mother of 8 Who Collapsed in Church Warns Others
      Many of us believe we know what a heart attack looks like. We have a picture in our mind of what a person who is likely to suffer from heart disease looks like, and if that is not us, we simply don’t […]
    • Crystal Wall photoCrystal Wall (Wife of Rapper Paul Wall) Shares Her Sister’s Stroke Story
      Crystal found it important to share her family connection to stroke and her personal struggle with weight to help others lead a healthier life. “Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do […]
    • Emma Jolley photoPowerful People – Emma Jolley, Caregiver
      Read Emma’s story of how caring for her mother after a stroke impacted her life. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Emma Infanta Hughes-Jolley and I was born and raised in a little place […]
    • Mario Carpio profile photoExtraordinary People Just Like You
      View in Spanish Read Mario’s story. What is your name? Mario Carpio How old are you? I am 47 years old. Do you have children or grandchildren? I have three boys. Where are you from? I am from […]
    • Lorraine C. Ladish profile photoA Story From the Heart
      View in Spanish We interviewed Lorraine C. Ladish, whose mother suffered a stroke when she was only 28 years old. As a Latina and as someone with stroke in her family history, Lorraine is conscious […]
    • Group of people walkingPowerful People – Desean Jordan
      Read Desean’s story of how he found strength through hard times. Angioplasty, aneurism, aortic coarctation, stent placement. Terms like these have shaped Desean Jordan’s life. Born with a heart […]
  • Security and Finance

    • Man grocery shoppingHow to Shop on a Budget
      Even when times are tough, your health and your waistline don’t have to suffer. Here are some tips to stretch your dollar. 1. Create a weekly menu. Planning your meals ahead of time will keep […]
    • Couple viewing laptopPower Finance Q&A
      View the Power Finance Q&A to read answers by Shannon Nash to other’s financial questions. Question 1 Name: Shannon City, State: Aurora, CO Hi Shannon, My name is Shannon as well. Nice to […]
    • Man helping hugging elderly manWhat Healthcare Reform Means for Stroke Patients
      The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association believes the new health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, makes significant progress toward the […]
    • Woman holding elderly personFinancial Information for Stroke Caretakers
      Caretakers often times do the “heavy lifting” when helping a loved one recover from a major illness such as a stroke. What would you do if you found yourself suddenly responsible for […]
    • Woman in deep thoughtStroke and Family Finances
      A stroke, like any other major medical emergency, can have an enormous impact on family finances. Careful planning both before and after a stroke can help alleviate some of the pain inflicted on […]
    • Smiling mother and sonWhat You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family
      Planning for a major personal illness is critical for you and your loved ones. The following is a checklist of the areas you should focus on in setting up your plan. Legal and Financial Documents […]
  • Stroke

    • A patient working with a rehab team.Choosing the Right Stroke Rehab Facility
      Knowing where to turn for rehabilitation and support after a stroke can be overwhelming, according to expert volunteers from the American Stroke Association, which published its first-ever Guidelines […]
    • How can your environment put you at risk for stroke?
      World Stroke Day is Oct. 29th. Help us raise #stroke awareness and make the movement last longer than one day through sharing this video! Find out how the environment in which you live can put you at […]
    • Older women exercisingWhat is a Stroke?
      While the term is often used, many people wonder, “What is a stroke?” Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs […]
    • Couple preparing a healthy mealStroke Treatments
      Medical treatments for stroke work to either open the blockage of a vessel or treat the rupture. Advancements in stroke treatment have greatly improved survival rates. The chances of survival are […]
    • Young woman with elderly disabled manUnderstanding Stroke
      It is important to understand the risk factors associated with stroke. Some of these risk factors you can’t change, such as age, heredity and race. Yet others are a result of a person’s lifestyle and […]
    • Older couple out walkingStroke Website
      Stroke can be devastating disease. It is leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Stroke can be caused either a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain or by a blood vessel […]
  • Women’s Health

    • Happy Women's History Month banner with a diverse group of eight womenWomen’s History Month
      EmPOWERED To Serve™ celebrates Women’s History Month Women are pioneers. Women are contributors. Women are essential. Many of us would not be where we are today without the nurturing and love […]
    • Young woman readingYour Heart Disease Education Starts Here
      Too often we wait to educate ourselves about a condition until we are actually facing a health emergency. It is better to understand what  heart disease is and what you can do to prevent it before it […]
    • Young woman with hands over hear heartHard-to-Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms
      Most men and women alike are aware of the well-known heart attack symptoms that include chest pain and radiating discomfort in the left arm. However, symptoms of heart attack for women may not be as […]
    • Go Red for women website preview thumbnailGo Red for Women
      February is Heart Month: National Wear Red Day is coming Ok, Ambassadors. It’s time to get in formation for National Wear Red Day, February 3, 2017. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking […]
    • Happy smiling familyAdolescent Girls and Self-Esteem: What Parents Should Know
      Adolescence can be a sensitive time for girls when they start experiencing hormonal, physical and emotional changes. These changes can make an impact on their self-esteem and occasionally even lead […]
    • Smiling pregnant womanTips for a Healthy Pregnancy
      View in Spanish When you become pregnant, you want to provide the very best care for your baby. Whether this is your first child or another addition to the family, proper prenatal care is essential […]

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