Fred Bartlit, 87, is an avid skier and golfer. (Photo courtesy of Steven Droullard) As people age, physical activity still needs to be part of the game plan for living a healthy, happy life – and experts say it’s never too late to get active and build strength. “We try to tell people the body…

(JMichl, Getty Images) Exercise is important for health and wellbeing. But past studies suggest high-intensity exercise may be a risk factor for an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation that sometimes leads to stroke. So, are athletes who develop AFib at higher risk for stroke? Researchers in Sweden looked at men and women who completed…

Healthy salads needn’t be bland or wimpy. A taco salad with avocado-cilantro dressing is zesty, fun and nutritious, especially rolled up into a nostalgic glass container. And it makes for a picnic-friendly dish for Labor Day. Thanks to ingredients like kidney beans and black-eyed peas, the salad boasts 27 grams of protein and 17 grams of…

Looking for a healthy treat to pack in your kid’s lunch? The homemade berry nuts granola bar can be sweet and nutritious at the same time. The main ingredient is oats – a whole grain – meaning it contains the plant’s bran, germ and entire grain. “Oats have heart-healthy effects, including its soluble fiber effect on lowering LDL…

(PeopleImages, Getty Images) The higher the red line creeps up the thermometer gauge, the more red flags for outdoor exercise. Summer temperatures shouldn’t stop you from jogging, hiking or playing sports outside – but they should alert you to the danger of heat illnesses brought on by exertion. “Think of the heat like you think…

Dessert doesn’t have to mean pies, cupcakes or chocolate sundaes. A nutritional treat like frozen yogurt bark adds a colorful new entry to the vocabulary of dessert. “It’s a great way to encourage more fruit consumption with something that’s fun, delicious and healthy, rather than something like apple pie,” said Penny Kris-Etherton, a registered dietitian…

(Hero Images, Getty Images) For many of us, it’s difficult to get motivated to exercise or eat healthy. But it may be easier than you think with the right mental approach. Boosting willpower to begin healthy practices and avoid past unhealthy behaviors calls for a new way of thinking – and small steps at first,…

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…

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…