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Follow the ‘Simple 7’ For a Healthier Heart

Seven habits to protect against heart disease

For a healthier heart, follow these seven simple rules, courtesy of the American Heart Association:
1. Maintain a healthy blood pressure.
2. Keep cholesterol levels under control.
3. Lower blood sugar levels.
4. Get daily exercise.
5. Eat a healthy diet.
6. Lose excess weight.
7. Quit smoking.

Last updated: Jan. 15, 2016. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Stuff Your Salad With Nutritious Ingredients

Herbs and greens add flavor and nutrients

A salad seems like a healthier choice, but there are ways to make it even more healthy.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises:

• Adding greens, vegetables and fruit.
• Adding avocado, which is rich in heart-healthy fats, fiber and vitamin E.
• Mixing in nutrient-rich herbs, such as parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary.
• Using an oil-based dressing.
• Using more unusual fruits, such as pomegranate seeds, watermelon, nectarines, grapes, cherries or apricots.

Last updated: Mar. 9, 2016. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Limit Your Child’s Sugar Consumption

Especially snacks

While your child may beg for sugary sweets, they’re usually a poor choice nutritionally and bad for young teeth.

The American Dental Association suggests:

• Always check food labels to look for added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars (such as those in fruit and milk) are better choices.
• Milk and water are the best drink choices for your child’s teeth. Avoid juices and other sugary beverages, including soda.
• Dried fruit snacks, fruit rollups and other gummy, sticky “fruit” treats are more like candy than fruit, and usually are high in sugar.
• Watch for carbohydrate-rich snacks (such as chips and pretzels), which often are loaded with salt and become sugar as they break down.
• Set a good example by avoiding these foods yourself.

Last updated: Apr. 1, 2016. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. All briefs this page by Diana Kohnle.