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Living healthier with Life's Essential 8™ The American Heart Association's Life’s Essential 8™ image is a wheel shape with 8 wedges representing the 8 elements that are essential for cardiovascular health. Infographic transcript (doc)

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“Balance” is the latest word on heart-healthy eating, according to the American Heart Association Scientific Statement that encourages people to adapt broad eating habits instead of focusing on single foods — and it’s not one size fits all.

Healthy eating starts with healthy food choices. You don’t need to be a chef to create nutritious, heart-healthy meals your family will love. Learn what to look for at the grocery store, restaurants, your workplace and any eating occasion.

Fruit and Vegetable Market

Healthy Eating Tips for the whole family

  • For snack time, keep fresh fruit and pre-chopped or no-chop veggies on hand. Your family is more likely to grab fruits and vegetables over the other items if they're readily available.
  • Enjoy fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, trout and albacore tuna are good choices.
  • A small handful of nuts or seeds can be a satisfying and healthy snack. Look for unsalted or lightly salted nuts. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts are all good choices.
  • Vegetables and fruits are loaded with nutrients and fiber, and typically low in calories and sodium. Fresh, frozen or canned produce can all be healthy choices, but compare food labels and choose wisely. Read more.
  • And don't forget - Parents say family is less stressed when they eat together

Damar Hamlin, Buffalo Bills safety copyright Jaster Athletes

Damar Hamlin's #3forheart CPR Challenge

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is launching his #3forheart CPR Challenge aimed at saving more lives through CPR education and training with the American Heart Association, a global force for healthier lives for all.

Hamlin’s #3forHeart CPR Challenge is 3 steps.

1 – LEARN: Go to heart.org/3 to watch a 60-second video to learn Hands-Only CPR
2 – GIVE: Donate to the American Heart Association to fund CPR education and training, and other lifesaving programs and scientific research.
3 – SHARE: Use #3forHeart™ to challenge 3 friends to do the same on social media.

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