The Benefits of Chocolate!

It’s easy to see why this news story this morning quickly caught my eye: the word “chocolate” was in the headline. The Associated Press is reporting today on a study published in the European Heart Journal that shows that a small amount of chocolate everyday can actually reduce a person’s risk of heart problems. I can get on board with that! We’ve heard for a while that a little dark chocolate may be helpful for your health, but this study …

A Healthy Heart

Have you seen this commercial from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s the “Heart Truth” campaign featuring a can of Diet Coke? I’ve seen it a few times, and did question whether Coca-Cola really was the right sponsor for a heart healthy campaign… So, I was not surprised to see this blog post from the New York Times Well blog covering the story and the controversy in its entirety. According to the NYTimes blog, the Center for Science in …

Another reason to get – and stay – active!

In the New York Times online today, there is a story on a recent study that found that strength training actually helps older women (aged 65-75) sharpen their minds – as well as their muscles! A win-win! The findings are particularly important, since older women are less likely to do strength training, one researcher said, and strength training can promote bone health. One other health note to take: it looks like reducing your sodium intake – even by a half …

Living a Heart Healthy Life

Have you checked out AARP’s Heart Health resource guide? This guide on our website shows you the lowdown on how to keep your heart healthy. Twenty-five percent of people over the age of 50 have at least two risk factors that could lead to a heart attack, although they could potentially be avoided. 1.1 million Americans will have a heart attack this year, and some 500,000 folks won’t survive it. There are a slew of articles and tip-giving around heart …