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Blueberry Mango Smoothie

Ingredients

   3/4 cup plain, fat-free Greek yogurt
   3/4 cup fat-free milk
   3/4 cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries
   3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
   1 tablespoon honey
   splash vanilla extract

 

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Process until the mixture is completely smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add additional milk. Pour and serve immediately.

Why is Walking the Most Popular Form of Exercise?

When it comes to simple ways to be healthy, walking is all the rage. Follow these tips getting started and learn more about fitness walking with the AHA.

 

Why is physical activity so important for health and wellbeing?

There are so many reasons why regular activity boosts your health. Read to learn what those are and how you can incorporate exercise into your day.


Get Real About Getting Active

 Making resolutions is easy, but like most things in life, consistent follow through is what creates results and sustains positive change. People of all ages and abilities benefit from being more active. Here are some strategies to help you stick with your physical activity goals after New Year’s resolutions begin to fade and old habits resume.


Don’t fry! Give Healthy Cooking Methods a Try

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Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Quinoa

Chipotle Chicken Bowls with Cilantro Lime QuinoaThis Mexican, Simple Cooking with Heart recipe for smoky chicken bowls make for a substantial dinner or even an easily-transported work lunch. Just layer into a Mason jar or a plastic/ glass storage container for a portable meal. Also note that the chicken can be marinated for up to 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients   –   4 Servings

Quick Tips

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Tip: Serving size approximately 1 cup quinoa + 1 cup chicken per person, plus around 2 cups vegetables

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Cooking Tip: A marinade that is cooked like in this recipe can be eaten. But never consume a marinade that raw meat has been soaked in that hasn’t been cooked because it can make you sick.

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Keep it Healthy: The ultra-popular quinoa is being called a “super-grain” for the high amount of protein, fiber, and vitamins per serving. It’s also quicker to make than rice so keep this in mind for your next dinner.

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Tip: Prefer cucumber chunks to shredded carrots? Cater the vegetables in the bowl to your own tastes, even adding fruit into the mix, like chopped apples or orange segments.

Directions

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Keeping a Healthy Body Weight

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Avoiding tobacco best way to avoid disease, researchers find

 0109-Feature-Tobacco_WPGetting adults to quit smoking and preventing kids from ever starting are the best defenses against heart disease, stroke and other diseases, according to a new study.

Experts’ rankings of the top 28 evidence-based preventive services that healthcare providers could offer were released Monday in a study conducted by the National Commission on Prevention Priorities and published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Understanding the impact of these services can help patients, healthcare practices and policymakers put their time and money in the right places, the study authors found.

Smoking, the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., kills about half a million Americans a year. More than 100,000 deaths annually could be prevented with smoking cessation and prevention, the authors said.

“Evidence indicates that receiving advice and help from a doctor can more than double the chance of smokers being successful at quitting,” said Michael Maciosek, senior research investigator and health economist at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in Minneapolis. “Trying until successful so that a patient can quit before a serious smoking-related disease sets in can extend quantity and quality of life and reduce healthcare costs.”

Working with HealthPartners Institute researchers, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities ranked each service based on its cost-effectiveness and how well it has been proven to prevent disease.

The tobacco recommendation and childhood immunizations all scored 10 out of a possible 10 on the authors’ scoring system.

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Researchers probed the value of brief, annual tobacco counseling for 4 million youth and adults, finding that it saves lives and reduces healthcare costs. But only one-third of the potential health and economic benefits of counseling are actually being realized, the authors said.

Youth counseling could prevent 42,686 smoking deaths and save $225 a person in healthcare costs annually, according to the study. Adult counseling could stop 69,901 smoking fatalities and save $580 a person per year.

“The rankings should help guide us as a nation,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., chief medical officer for prevention at the American Heart Association. “It can be hard to know where to begin with competing priorities. This ranking makes it clear where we will see the biggest improvements for the best value.”

Maciosek said patient access to smoking help has never been greater, but there’s a catch.

“The ability of clinicians to address tobacco use is threatened by pressures on primary care physicians to increase their scope while managing the same number of patients and by looming changes to health insurance policy,” he said.

Direct medical costs from smoking are estimated at $175 billion per year. Although fewer adults are smoking, 42 million adults continue the deadly habit, and in 2015, 1.6 million middle- and high-school students reported smoking in the last 30 days.

Researchers also looked at three other services to prevent cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure screening, cholesterol screening and aspirin counseling. High blood pressure services had the biggest impact, followed closely by cholesterol screening and treatment, with aspirin counseling having a lower health impact.


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