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What to Look for in a Healthy Cracker

Crackers come in a wide variety of flavors, from salty to sweet, to crunchy, nutty, and cheesy; however, just because they are crackers doesn’t mean they are healthy. For the healthiest ingredients, “Look for a cracker that is whole grain, baked, and low-sodium,” says Jenna Rosenfeld, a registered dietitian at

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

Low-Sodium Diet: Your Path to a Healthier Blood Pressure

As the old adage goes, you are what you eat, and when it comes to hypertension, your diet is a major driver of your blood pressure. If salty foods have a familiar place on your dinner plate, chances are you’ll see your blood pressure numbers rise. Conversely, a low-sodium diet

Start Your Day with a Healthy Ready-to-Eat Cereal

Nearly 287 million people in the U.S. have eaten ready-to-eat cereals this year, according to consumer research company Simmons and U.S. Census data. But, with all the sugary varieties available today, it can be a challenge to find a cold cereal that is both healthy and flavorful. Here are some

5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
Based on the results

7. Use Your Lifestyle to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Your age, race, gender, and genes. You can’t do anything about them, and if they increase your odds of hypertension, they already have you at a disadvantage.
You need a weapon to help you fight back and try to even out the odds.
Fortunately, your lifestyle is that weapon—perhaps the best one!

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

Daily Sodium Intake: Here’s How to Cut the Salt

We know it’s important go light on sodium: Too much salt has been proven to raise blood pressure, leading to a host of potential health issues. Today, Americans are consuming substantially more sodium than in the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). “About 90 percent

7. Fats and Oils

Despite attention-grabbing headlines like “Is Butter Back?” there’s still a lot of fear about fat, a holdover from the low-fat era, which peaked in the 1980s and 1990s. But while butter is not back, other than in small amounts, fats (also called “fatty acids”) perform many essential functions in the

Healthy Eating Pattern: Dietary Guidelines Show the Way

Healthy Eating Pattern: Dietary Guidelines Show the Way

If you’re serious about maintaining good health as you age, use the recently updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020 as your blueprint. The publication (available as a free download by clicking here) offers a healthy eating pattern designed to reduce obesity and prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension,

9. Coping with Chronic Health Conditions

If you are living with a chronic health condition, you may feel some of the information on diet and exercise presented in this book is not for you. The fact is, eating well and moving your body is good for nearly every condition, appropriately adapted, of course. This chapter will

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