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How to make healthy eating habits stick in the new year

The start of the new year offers a chance to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. Many of us aim to improve ourselves, but, unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are often quickly abandoned because they are unrealistic or too difficult to maintain.

A spread of fruits, vegetables and grains on a black countertop. All are part of healthy eating.
Figuring out how to introduce healthy eating habits might seem overwhelming at first, but you don’t need to make too many changes at once. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Michael Miller)

This is especially true for resolutions centered around physical health, like healthy eating. Instead of relying on strict rules and super-human discipline, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts have shared tips for establishing realistic healthy eating goals that can endure through January and beyond.

Don’t force the New Year’s Day start date

Though it might seem counterintuitive, allowing yourself the flexibility to start implementing new habits when you’re ready, rather than forcing yourself

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9 heart-healthy foods to lower cholesterol and blood pressure

Food can start you on a path to heart disease — the leading cause of death in the U.S. — or help prevent high cholesterol, clogged arteries and heart attacks.

Diet can have a huge impact on heart health, says Dr. Sean Heffron, a cardiologist in the Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at NYU Langone Health in New York.

“What we eat can influence our blood pressure, our blood sugar, our cholesterol levels, certainly our body weight,” Heffron tells

“All of those things have a direct impact on the vasculature of the blood vessels of the body and can drive atherosclerotic heart disease. So what we eat is very important.”

The first step in the right direction is eliminating processed foods, which are high in salt and fat, and eat more whole fresh foods like fruits and vegetables, says Dr. Nieca Goldberg, a cardiologist, clinical

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Why it’s nutty not to eat nuts to improve your health – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

(CNN) — Toss toasted pecans into a salad instead of croutons. Add chopped walnuts to Saturday morning’s pancake mix. Swirl some peanut butter into the sauce of a veggie stir-fry.

These simple steps to add nutty goodness elevate the flavors in a recipe and boost the nutrition in your dish.

Nuts get rave reviews from nutritionists like me primarily because of their healthy fat profile. Walnuts, almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts are rich in cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and contain lower amounts of cholesterol-raising saturated fats. (So do peanuts, which are technically legumes.)

And that’s not all. Nuts contain dietary fiber, plant-based protein, vitamin E and potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Because they’re chock-full of these nutrients and the fats that support heart health, the US Food and Drug Administration allows packages of nuts to sport this qualified health claim:  “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5

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Ways To Check If You Have A Healthy Heart

Listen To Your Heart: Cardiologist Explains Ways To Check If You Have A Healthy Heart

Malaria & Dengue Day 2023: Fever Causes, Symptoms and Prevention Guide - Onlymyhealth

The heart is an essential organ that pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to cells and removing waste products. But of late, cases of heart-related illnesses are on the rise. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, mortality and disability from cardiovascular disease have been gradually increasing over the last 30 years across the globe. Thus, it becomes important to keep track of your heart activity to know if it is working the right way.

To learn more about it, we reached out to Dr Kala Jeethender Jain, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad.

How To Know If Your Heart Is Healthy?

If your heart is healthy, then you can check some parameters. Dr Jain added, “Pulse rate, blood pressure, breathing capacity, and energy levels are some of the parameters which will be normal in a

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Physical activities like a daily, 20-minute walk may help reduce disparities in heart health

Statement Highlights:

  • Addressing low levels of physical activity among people in some targeted groups has the potential to improve equity in cardiovascular health.

  • Physical activity levels are lower among some population groups known to have higher cardiovascular disease risk, including adults who are older, female, Black, have depression, have disabilities, have lower socioeconomic status or live in rural areas.

  • It’s important to improve resources and opportunities to decrease barriers to physical activity. Physical activity initiatives should engage the community and individuals and be culturally appropriate.

  • Knowledge and resource gaps to building successful, sustainable physical activity programs for many under-resourced groups need to be addressed.

Embargoed until 4 a.m. CT / 5 a.m. ET Wednesday, May 24, 2023

(NewMediaWire) – May 24, 2023 – DALLAS Hearts are kept strong with regular physical activity, and daily activity such as a daily, 20-minute, brisk walk is key; however, some

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