Who needs ice cream this summer? A nutritional blended drink like the bluey smoothie can be the ultimate treat to cool off. “Using whole fruit to make this smoothie is a great way to get all of the properties of fruit you don’t get from juice – including antioxidants and fiber – while also taking in…

(urbancow, iStock) Home-based cardiac rehabilitation could help many patients recover from heart attacks, surgery or other serious problems, but not enough people get it, a new report says. New ways of caring for such patients are urgently needed, according to a scientific statement issued Monday by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and…

(Claudia Totir, Getty Images) Innovation across the food system – from farms to grocery stores to restaurants and beyond – is urgently needed to help Americans eat better, a science advisory from the American Heart Association says. And the report, published Monday in the journal Circulation, is full of approaches that could help. Healthy eating…

(Hero Images, Getty Images) Being active, in all forms and at all ages, is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and improve overall health and well-being. It not only can aid with weight control and fitness, it can help in recovering from a heart episode or procedure. “It is the best medicine,”…

(Halfpoint Images, Getty Images) Physical fitness is good for the heart, brain and overall health. But a specific type called cardiorespiratory fitness may help predict the odds of having a heart attack, especially for women, new research shows. Higher cardiorespiratory fitness translated to lower heart attack risk, with women appearing to benefit the most. The…

(Wachara Kireewong/EyeEm, Getty Images) New nutrition labels listing added sugars on packaged foods and drinks could prevent nearly a million cases of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in the United States and save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs, a new study says. And if, as expected, the labels also prompt…

(Yoga Assembly, Getty Images) For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines – yoga. Some studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing…

(Yoga Assembly, Getty Images) For years, aerobic exercise has been touted for its numerous health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, better mood, increased energy, and stronger bones and muscles. But there’s another form of physical activity that’s grabbing headlines – yoga. Some studies suggest the mind-body practice may be good for heart health, from reducing…

From left: Derek, Julia, Zachary, Li-Yu and Sophia Mitchell at the 2017 Turkey Trot in Tyler, Texas. (Photo courtesy of Li-Yu Mitchell) At first, all Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell wanted was for some of her patients to walk more. So she began meeting them at a park on Tuesday evenings for a 2-mile stroll. A few…

(Cathy Scola, Getty Images) Diet doesn’t have to be a four-letter word. Most of the time, a diet implies weight loss and comes loaded with restrictions and perhaps even plans that aren’t very healthy. But new recommendations released recently by a team of health experts refer to diet with a different goal in mind: preventing…