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Seven Simple Steps to Live Better


The American Heart Association's My Life Check empowers Americans to take a big step toward a better life. In just a few minutes, you can get your personal heart score and a custom plan with the seven simple steps you need to start living your best life. Visit to start your new life resolution.

Life’s Simple 7®


Tips and techniques on making modest lifestyle and behavioral changes that can help lead to a lifetime of good health.

August 2014: Navigating your local farmers market; What's the best time of day to exercise?; Are you at risk for high cholesterol?; What to eat (and what to avoid) if you have diabetes; Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?  

May 2014: Growing your own fruits and vegetables; Exercising safely in hot weather; Dealing with picky eaters; The glycemic index and diabetes; Sex and high blood pressure

February 2014: Tips for starting a physical activity program; Guidelines for healthy eating; Using your mobile device to get healthy; Why blood pressure matters; Dealing with the urge to smoke

November 2013: Making the most of fall and winter produce; What are the risk factors for high blood pressure?; When diet and exercise aren't enough: All about cholesterol medicines; Five easy ways to get more physical activity in your day; Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes: What's the difference? 

Heart Insight DigiMag

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Salt is sneaky--watch out for excess salt in your foods!

It’s true; many of us love salt. In fact, sodium is an essential nutrient! But the excess amounts we’re eating put us at risk for elevated blood pressure which means an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. As much as we might have an affinity for salt, it’s just not worth the cost to our hearts. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy tasty food with less salt. Check out our new website,, to get the 411 on sodium, including our blog, quiz, infographics, links to lower-sodium recipes and more.

Go Red for Women

Inspired by the stories of real women whose lives have been forever changed by heart disease, “Just a Little Heart Attack” is a short film from the AHA's Go Red For Women® movement. Directed by and starring Elizabeth Banks, it provides a powerful wake-up call to women across America to understand their risk for heart disease and empower them to put their health first. 

Make It Your Mission to fight heart disease in women. View the film and share it with 5 women you love.

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The Hungry Heart: In Season

Summer is waning, but your garden continues to produce like it's the height of the season! Try some of these heart-healthy recipes to help you enjoy the bounty of late summer.

Pictured: Garden-Fresh Gazpacho