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American Heart Association’s Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ returns in September

 

A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty.

Today, about one in three American kids is considered overweight or obese. To help raise awareness and make parents and caregivers more conscious of their lifestyle choices during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ will help them take the “controls” back, leaving them feeling empowered to make small moderations in their lifestyle that will lead to bigger, heart-healthy changes down the road.

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American Heart Association says Young Adults, Women experience only slight declines in Heart Disease Deaths

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Deaths from heart disease have declined dramatically over the last few decades but young people, particularly women, are not sharing equally in that improvement, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Using data on adults age 25 and older, researchers tracked annual percentage changes in heart disease death rates between three time periods: 1979-1989, 1990-1999 and 2000-2011. Death rates in adults 65 and over declined consistently over the decades, with accelerating improvements since 2000.

Improvements in death rates have slowed in people under age 55, particularly among women. (Amiercan Heart Association)

Improvements in death rates have slowed in people under age 55, particularly among women. (Amiercan Heart Association)

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Infinity Dance Fitness Academy conducts 1st Annual Dance Camp

 

Infinity Dance Fitness AcademyClarksville, TN – The Infinity Dance Fitness Academy (IDFA) conducted its first one-week dance camp July 27th-31st, 2015 at the Emmanuel Family Life Center. The IDFA Dance Camp was fun and exciting for the campers while creating a positive and empowering environment which allowed the campers to explore the art of dance i.

The 1st Annual IDFA Dance Camp had thirty campers ages 5-17. The campers received instruction in several disciplines of dance to include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, belly dance and liturgical.

Infinity Dance Fitness Academy holds First Annual Dance Camp at Emmanuel Family Life Center.

Infinity Dance Fitness Academy holds First Annual Dance Camp at Emmanuel Family Life Center.

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How to stop using Comforting Foods to Comfort Yourself

 
Comfort Foods (Tim Hawk, NJ.com)

Comfort Foods (Tim Hawk, NJ.com)

Clarksville, TN – Comfort foods have become a way of life these days. It’s not hard to understand why we need comfort foods. Our lives are full of stress. The crashing economy has scared most intelligent people silly. The thought that what we formerly believed was enough money to live on has now become barely adequate is enough to send anyone running to the ice cream carton or the macaroni and cheese bowl or the potato chip bag.

We seek comfort when we are stressed. We learned as babies that milk was comfort. When we were sick as children, we were comforted by chicken soup or ice cream or whatever Mom’s favorite cookie recipe was. We continued as teens to comfort our growing insecurity about our popularity with cheeseburgers, soft drinks and doughnuts. We entered college and survived on pizzas to overcome exam jitters.

Cheeseburger

Cheeseburger

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American Heart Association says Metabolic Abnormalities may increase Cardiovascular risk more in Black Women than in White Women

 

Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the relative risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women.

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Large waistline, cholesterol disorders and other metabolic abnormalities may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease more among black women than among white women, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Previous studies have focused primarily on white participants and found that obesity without a clustering of at least three metabolic disorders (metabolic syndrome) was not associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.

Having any two of these metabolic abnormalities: high blood pressure, high triglyerides, low “good cholesterol” large waist or impaired glucose metabolism may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke 117 percent among obese black women but not obese white women. (American Heart Association) «Read the rest of this article»

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American Heart Association, two other major organizations issue new recommendations for treating patients with High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Disease

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A new scientific statement issued jointly by three medical organizations and published in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension, addresses how low to aim when treating patients with high blood pressure who also have vascular diseases.

The document provides an up-to-date summary on treating hypertension in patients who have both high blood pressure and have had a stroke, heart attack or some other forms of heart disease, said Elliott Antman, M.D., President of the American Heart Association and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

Blood pressure monitoring. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Irregular Sleeping Pattern may affect how Teens Eat

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Day-to-day changes in how long your teen sleeps at night might be affecting how much they eat, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

Penn State researchers looked at data on 342 teenagers and analyzed their sleeping habits. On average, they slept about seven hours nightly. But when the amount of time teens slept varied by an hour – whether it was less sleep or more.

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Governor Bill Haslam Launches Healthier Tennessee Communities

 

Program to recognize communities that show commitment to healthy living

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness CEO Rick Johnson, joined by representatives from nine cities and counties across the state, today launched Healthier Tennessee Communities, a coordinated initiative supporting physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco abstinence at the local level.

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness has focused on developing and introducing effective tools for individuals, workplaces and faith congregations.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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American Heart Association and American Stroke Association – Life is Why

 

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – For the first time in the 50 years that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has released an annual snapshot of heart disease and stroke statistics in the U.S., the new report adds a global view.

Health data compiled from more than 190 countries show heart disease remains the No. 1 global cause of death with 17.3 million deaths each year, according to “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2015 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association.” That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030, the report found.

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American Heart Association says unhealthy behavior may be Cross-Generational

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – Children whose parents spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer or other screen are more likely than other children to have excessive screen-time habits, as well as associated risks for heart and blood vessel disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. «Read the rest of this article»

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