|Prevent heart disease, choose the right diet |
LIFE shouldnt be a scary walk on a field of land mines for those afraid of suffering a heart attack. All you need to do is read up and be creative, and ask.
If you ask health experts from the World Heart Day (spearheaded by the World Heart Federation, which includes 189 cardiologic societies and heart foundations from 100 countries), a low-calorie, nutritionally balanced diet has been associated with slowing the aging process of the heart.
And then you couple that with regular physical activity, which reduces the risk of stroke by over 25 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by over 40 percent (according to the Journal of the American Medical Association in its October 2002 edition). According to Liverpool John Moores University (January 2005), the hearts of veteran athletes aged 50 to 70 have been found to be as strong and healthy as those of an inactive 20-year-old.
Make lasting changes to your diet and weight
PATRICK Holford is the founder of the world-renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition and bestselling author of more than 30 health, nutrition and weight-loss books including the Optimum Nutrition Bible, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind and The Holford low GL diet. He has been a regular guest on GMTV''s Lorraine Kelly show, LK Today changing people''s health by making simple yet highly effective changes to their diet. Seventy-one per cent of people want to lose weight and, for the majority, the diet industry is failing. Obesity levels have risen to their highest levels ever despite ''new'' diets launching weekly. Patrick says this is because most of these diets fail to address the top four problems: imbalanced blood sugar, low energy levels, craving and emotional eating.
Diet 101: Avoiding the Freshman 15
College is infamous for diet pitfalls. Greasy pizza pies oozing extra cheese. Late-night fast-food favorites. Beer. Burritos busting at the seams. Oh, and more beer.
For many freshmen, college marks the first time they will have to fend for themselves. They will decide whether to eat three balanced meals, maybe one -- or none at all. By the end of year No. 1, this will have an effect on students'' waistlines. Do you hear the "Freshman 15" calling your name?
Want Active Kids? Show Them How
Eli Rafalovich is 3 years old and just returning from a hike with his mother, Tina. They''re no more than in the door of their Falls Church, Va., home when Eli asks if his mom will play ball with him.
"He''s a kid who loves balls -- every since he was tiny," Tina Rafalovich said. "We can get all kinds of toys and games. I hope his love of balls and sports continues to be natural."
Eating soy protein benefits the heart
Eating food rich in soy protein helps lower total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, bad cholesterol), and triglycerides, but slightly increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL, good cholesterol), according to a new study published in Sept. 1, 2006 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology. Kristi Reynolds, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues analyzed data from 41 randomized controlled trials on the effects of isolated soy protein on blood cholesterol levels. The studies involved a total of 1,756 adults and 27 of the 41 trials conducted from 1982 though 2004 were carried out in the United States. The results of the current study indicate increased consumption of soy protein such as in the form of tofu and soy milk and reduced consumption of saturated fat and trans fat should be beneficial to cardiovascular health.
Students can have healthy diet while attending college
Amidst the stress of college life, many Dixie State College students are fighting the battle between a healthy diet and a college lifestyle.
Amidst the stress of college life, many Dixie State College students are fighting the battle between a healthy diet and a college lifestyle. And when the only vegetables students are eating these days are fries, sophomore sociology major Lindsay Badger from Bountiful said its a growing problem. I dont eat any fruits or vegetables, Badger said. Its just a lot more convenient to grab a junior bacon cheeseburger from Wendys. Demaree Johnson, associate professor of family and consumer sciences, said students giving up a healthy diet are giving up more than just that. Students come to college and think they cant afford fruits and vegetables, Johnson said, and thats when vitamins and minerals are lost.