Great Outdoors Month: Community Gardening

Growing vegetables in your community is not only a great way to have healthy, fresh veggies and fruits right at your fingertips, but it is also a great way to get physical activity while enjoying the outdoors! An assortment of colorful fruits and vegetables throughout the year is important to maintaining a healthy life and preventing heart disease and other illnesses. Tomatoes, lettuce, and peppers are relatively easy to grow, and can add flavor and variety to your plate!

How to Create Healthy Meals from Food Pantry Options

In balance with regular exercise, maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle by making nutritious food choices while at your local food pantry. Ask for and choose nutrient-rich foods from what is available, including a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, low-fat dairy products, and skinless poultry and fish, instead of food and beverages high in calories and low in nutrients, which often have excess sodium, added sugar, and high fat content.

Starting the New Year by Eating Healthy

New Year’s resolutions can both feel and be difficult to maintain, especially after long periods of holiday dishes and desserts.
Thankfully, every day is a new opportunity to adopt healthy habits in efforts toward a healthy lifestyle free of disease. To stay motivated and committed to your resolutions, start small by setting realistic, achievable goals for yourself.

Eating and Making Healthy Choices in the Workplace

Lack of physical activity during your workday and poor nutritional choices can lead to weight gain and increase your risk for heart disease. Avoid vending machines snacks that are high in sodium, added sugar, and fat – and instead, pack high-fiber, low-calorie snacks and lunch at home! In addition to staying hydrated with water, prepare healthy portions of fresh fruit, veggie sticks, low-fat string cheese, or unsalted rice cakes to stay energized healthfully throughout your work day!

How to Eat Healthy During the Holidays

The holiday season is a festive and fun time to spend with friends and family, but it can often bring nutritional challenges. Attending a holiday party doesn’t mean your heart-healthy decisions should take a back seat. Be mindful of what healthy options are available to you while maintaining portion control. Try to stay hydrated with water and fill up instead on high-fiber fruits and vegetables to avoid added calories, fats, and sugar.

American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time in which Americans are called to focus attention on the increasing prevalence of this disease, and how a healthy lifestyle can help. Making healthy food choices, incorporating various fruits and vegetables, as well as controlling portion sizes and reading food labels is essential in maintaining a proper body…

How to Recognize and Choose Healthy Options at Pantries

Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of vitamins, minerals, and fiber needed for one’s health and wellness. Risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable by healthy eating, regular exercise, and not smoking. All produce counts, which means that canned and frozen produce are acceptable when you do not have access to fresh varieties….

Lemons, Turnips, and Bok Choy – Oh My!

As the leaves change color and the days become shorter, remember that as we say goodbye to summer produce like melon, corn, and tomatoes, it’s important to continue to fill your plate with a variety of produce in the fall and winter seasons. When you eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, you…

Healthy Food Access is Important to the Residents of Chester

During the month of July 2016, Hart Research Associates conducted a poll of 400 likely registered voters in Chester, Pennsylvania on behalf of the American Heart Association’s ANCHOR Partnerships Program. This work is made possible with funding from the CDC. The results do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC. Chester residents were polled…

Fall Fruit and Veggies

As we celebrate the advent of autumn, we can look forward to the variety of colorful produce that the season has to offer.