(Nejron) Getting people to exercise isn’t as easy as dangling money in front of them like a carrot in front of a hungry horse. It turns out it’s better to show them the money, and then threaten to take it away. As obesity rates rise and physical activity decreases in this sedentary age of binge-watching…

(Rawpixel) There’s plenty of evidence showing that eating right, exercising and other good habits make for a healthy heart. Those behaviors help keep our brains sharper, too, two new studies show. In a French study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that older people who follow the American…

John Jaramillo (left) and his son, Zeph, after finishing a 2015 race. (Photo courtesy of John Jaramillo) John Jaramillo was a 45-year-old newly divorced single dad to 7-year-old Zeph. As if that weren’t enough to deal with, he was also having excruciating pain in his jaw, neck and shoulder. Having used tobacco for 30 years, he figured that was…

(Rawpixel) People turn to convenience stores to grab on-the-go food while traveling or as the only alternative when fresh food options like grocery stores are scarce. But can you find healthy options there? Nutritionists say it’s possible – even when faced with aisles of candy bars, salty snacks and cheesy puffs. It just takes a…

Tanya and Michael Trotter, also known as The War and Treaty, are helping promote cardiovascular health among African-Americans. (Photo courtesy of David McClister) Michael Trotter Jr. said his mother knew the turkey sandwiches, hot dogs and cupcakes he and his siblings were constantly eating weren’t good for them. But life in homeless shelters was traumatic,…

Hike it Baby encourages families to take kids hiking for fresh air, exercise and community. (Photo courtesy of Ali Chandra) When Shanti Hodges had her son, all she wanted was a group of people to join for a hike. She couldn’t find one, so she organized her own and invited friends. Five moms came the…

Yolanda Thompson spoke about changing her lifestyle at an American Heart Association event in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Yolanda Thompson) Three days after Christmas, Yolanda Thompson was at work when she got the call she hoped she would never receive. Her husband, Aaron, had suffered a massive heart attack. “He was a large man and…

When it comes to physical activity, experts say more movement is great – but more movement with greater intensity is best. But not all fitness and activity trackers have been able to emphasize the difference. Now, a redesign of Google Fit launched Tuesday will be able to do just that by incorporating a new measure…

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown (left) tells the story of Chase Sime, who has a rare heart defect discovered thanks to a test called pulse oximetry. (Photo of Chase courtesy of Bob Larlee) Bob Larlee needed help. His 3-week-old grandson Chase was in a hospital room, hooked up to all sorts of machines while…

Healthy people with a low risk of cardiovascular disease may still need to keep a close eye on their cholesterol, according to new research. A study(link opens in new window), published recently in the journal Circulation, found that otherwise healthy people with high LDL cholesterol levels are at higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease…