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American Heart Association says consistent blood pressure control may cut rate of second stroke in half

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

For the study, researchers analyzed the results from the Vitamin Intervention for Stroke Prevention (VISP) trial, which enrolled 3,680 ischemic stroke patients ages 35 and older in 1996-2003.

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

Blood Pressure Check. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Health says follow Food Safety Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

 

Practice Safe Food Handling when Cooking and Dining on Thanksgiving

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Special foods and favorite family recipes are a treasured part of many Thanksgiving celebrations.

In addition to enjoying these foods in moderation, the Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans to practice safe food handling while preparing, transporting and storing food to protect family and friends from food-borne illness.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Launches Statewide “Healthier Tennessee” Initiative

 

Newly created foundation to work with local communities to promote health and wellness

State of TennesseeJackson, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the launch of “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative to encourage Tennesseans to be more physically active, to eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and not to use tobacco products.

“Tennessee is one of the best places there is to live, work and raise a family, but we also are one of the least healthy states in the nation,” Haslam said.  “Our citizens have high rates of behavior-related diseases such as hypertension and stroke, Type II diabetes, heart disease, and several types of cancer.” «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association gives the ABC’s of how to pack a Healthy School Lunch

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – It’s back-to-school time in Middle Tennessee! Here’s your first lesson of the new school year: how to pack a lunch that will keep the kids healthy and happy, increase the fruits and veggies, lower saturated fat, sugar and sodium – and fit your wallet.

The American Heart Association has budget-friendly, creative ideas to satisfy both kids and parents:

The ABC's of packing a Healthy School Lunch. (American Heart Association)

The ABC’s of packing a Healthy School Lunch. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Sudden Summer Sizzle Helps State’s Berry Crops Make Up for Lost Time

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – After a long, cool, rain soaked spring, Tennessee’s typical hot and humid summertime weather is here. The sudden shift is helping the state’s crops make up for lost time, which is especially beneficial to the farmers who grow much anticipated local berries, peaches, plums, apples and pears.

Tennessee’s berry crops, formerly in slow motion, have responded to ideal summer conditions by maturing at top speed, according to TDA’s agritourism and farmers market coordinator, Pamela Bartholomew.

Blackberries grown in Tennessee.

Blackberries grown in Tennessee.

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ShopSmart’s Secrets for Sunburn Relief

 

Remedies that can help heal and those not worth the money

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, NY – There’s no cure for a sunburn, but there are ways to minimize the misery.  The July 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, highlights effective treatments that can help heal after a sunburn and identifies products to avoid when scorched by the sun.

“Don’t get burned twice!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart.  “Some sunburn products may do more harm than good.”

Protect yourself from the Summer Sun.

Protect yourself from the Summer Sun.

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American Heart Association reports Heart-Healthy Diet helps Men lower Bad Cholesterol, regardless of Weight Loss

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – A heart-healthy diet helped men at high risk for heart disease reduce their bad cholesterol, regardless of whether they lost weight, in a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013 Scientific Sessions.

The 19 24- to 62-year-old men in the study had metabolic syndrome, which refers to three or more significant risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The risk factors included in this study were high waist circumference, high blood pressure, high levels of triglycerides and fasting glucose and low levels of high density lipoprotein or HDL “good” cholesterol. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association says drinking cup of beetroot juice daily may help lower blood pressure

 

Increasing intake of foods rich in dietary nitrate may be an affordable and attainable way to manage blood pressure, researchers said.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A cup of beetroot juice a day may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

People with high blood pressure who drank about 8 ounces of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. But the preliminary findings don’t yet suggest that supplementing your diet with beetroot juice benefits your health, researchers said.

Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. (Copyright American Heart Association)

Beetroot juice contains dietary nitrate, which may help relax blood vessel walls and improve blood flow. (Copyright American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says adolescents’ poor health behaviors raise risk of heart disease as adults

 

More than 80 percent of them had a poor diet and many were not physically active.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – U.S. adolescents’ high levels of poor health behaviors and unfavorable cardiovascular risk factors may increase their chances of heart disease as adults, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Researchers estimated the current state of cardiovascular health of U.S. adolescents based on the seven cardiovascular health components defined in the American Heart Association’s 2020 impact goals, which include both health behaviors and factors: blood pressure, total cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, healthy diet, physical activity and smoking. The 4,673 adolescents were 12-to 19-years-old and represented about 33.2 million adolescents nationally.

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

Poor diet in adolescents can raise risk of heart disease later in life. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association says eating more fiber may lower risk of first-time stroke

 

The results reinforce the importance of a diet that includes at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX - Eating more fiber may decrease your risk of first-time stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Dietary fiber is the part of the plant that the body doesn’t absorb during digestion. Fiber can be soluble, which means it dissolves in water, or insoluble.

Eating more fiber may lower risk of first-time stroke

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