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Winter weather keeping you indoors? Enjoy cooking some heart-healthy comfort food to keep your hands busy and your belly full!
The National Institutes of Health, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has a library of recipes featuring all kinds of meals.
Search the full library, or check out some of the featured Soups and Stews below!
A cholesterol-free version of this classic Italian vegetable soup—brimming with fiber-rich beans, peas, and carrots.
Using low-fat milk instead of cream lowers the saturated fat content in this hearty dish.
Beef and Bean Chili...
Chili can be an easy and healthy option—this hearty recipe has just the right balance of flavors!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many things that can raise your risk of heart disease. They are called risk factors. Some of them you cannot control, but there are many that you can control. Learning about them can lower your risk of heart disease.
What are the heart disease risk factors that I cannot change?
- Age. Your risk of heart disease increases as you get older. Menage 45 and older and women age 55 and older have a greater risk.
- Gender. Some risk factors may affect heart disease risk differently in women than in men. For example, estrogen provides women with some protection against heart disease, but diabetes raises the risk of heart disease more in women than in men.
- Race or ethnicity. Certain groups have higher risks than others. African Americans are more likely than whites to have heart disease, while Hispanic Americans are less likely to have it. Some Asian groups, such as East Asians, have lower rates, but South Asians have higher rates.
- Family history. You have a greater risk if you have a close family member who...
One of the most powerful influences on your attitude and personality is what you say to yourself. It is not what happens to you but how you respond internally to what happens to you that determines your thoughts, feelings, and your actions. By controlling your inner dialogue (what you say to yourself), or your “self-talk,” you can begin to gain control over every part of your life.
Below are some examples of how we undermine our own success, followed by a more positive way to handle each scenario.
- Expecting the worst: "What if I don’t make a good impression?" Expecting the worst does not encourage you to behave as though you can succeed. Expecting the worst only promotes stress.
Instead: Ask questions that presuppose positive outcomes. "How can I make a favorable impression?"
- Focusing only on problems: This also known as complaining. We dwell on problems, instead of solutions.
Instead: Assume most problems have solutions and ask "How do I want this situation to be different?" What can I do to improve the situation?
Wildfires can ruin homes and cause injuries or death to people and animals. A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns in a natural area such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires can:
- Often be caused by humans or lightning.
- Cause flooding or disrupt transportation, gas, power, and communications.
- Happen anywhere, anytime. Risk increases within periods of little rain and high winds.
- Cost the Federal Government billions of dollars each year.
If You Are Under A Wildfire Warning, Get To Safety Right Away
- Leave if told to do so.
- If trapped, call 9-1-1.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Use N95 masks to keep particles out of the air you breathe.
How To Stay Safe When A Wildfire Threatens
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Know your community’s evacuation plans and find several ways to leave the area. Drive the evacuation routes and find shelter...
Five Lifestyle Factors Lower Diabetes Risk
A recent study found that a combination of 5 healthy lifestyle factors may help reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, even if family history puts you at risk for the disease.
People with diabetes have too high levels of glucose, a type of sugar, in their blood. Over time, high levels of glucose can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, and other problems.
Several lifestyle factors can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. A research team led by Dr. Jared Reis of NIH studied 5 factors:
- having a healthy diet,
- keeping an ideal body weight,
- being physically active,
- not smoking, and
- minimizing alcohol use.
The team used data collected in the mid-1990s from more than 200,000 older adults. They then looked to see who had developed diabetes over the next decade.
The analysis showed that the more healthy lifestyle factors adopted, the lower the risk for diabetes. Men with all 5 healthy lifestyle factors had a 72% lower risk of developing diabetes. Women had an 84% lower risk.
PTSD is a condition that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, yet most people will recover from those symptoms naturally.
People who develop PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they are no longer in danger. The symptoms usually begin within 3 months (even later) of the traumatic incident and last more than a month. They can be severe enough to interfere with functioning in relationships or work, and may include:
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma
- Bad dreams and frightening thoughts
- Avoiding places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
- Avoiding thoughts or feelings related to the traumatic event
- Being easily startled, feeling tense, or ‘on edge’
- Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts
- Trouble remembering the key features of the traumatic event
- Negative thoughts about oneself or the world
- Distorted feelings like guilt or blame
- Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
Not everyone with PTSD has been through a dangerous...