NOVEMBER FOCUS: Research and Healthy Eating

October 27, 2017


The holidays are almost here and Thanksgiving is up first! You can stay heart-healthy this holiday season! The American Heart Association is designating November as Eat Smart Month. Join the movement!


These 5 tips could help you stay on track with your nutritional goals during the holidays:

 Spice it up – A new study found that people who enjoy spicy foods appear to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure. Kick up the heat with this recipe for Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas.

  Add color – Not only are bright colors donning shop windows this season, they are also at the supermarket and on   the holiday buffet. From red apples to orange pumpkins or green pears, adding just one cup of fruits and vegetables a day is a significant step toward a more vibrant life. Add a burst of color to your holiday spread with Frozen Yogurt Bark.  

 Pre-game – It’s easy to overeat or munch on snacks while in social settings. To help resist temptation, eat a healthy snack or meal before heading out. High-fiber foods like avocados are smart options because they keep you full longer. Oat Avocado-Berry Breakfast Bars make a great anytime snack at home or on the go. 

Mini-mize – Practice moderation, not deprivation. Opt for a small plate, help yourself to a smaller portion or ask for a to-go box in advance and place half your order out of sight in the container.

Slow down – It takes time for your stomach to signal your brain that you’re full. Slow your pace by setting down your fork between bites, taking frequent drinks of water and pausing to talk with friends and family.

This month and all year long, we encourage you to commit to healthier eating.  Here are some tools to help you out:

Holiday Healthy Eating Guide (PDF)

Eat Smart with Food Nutrition Labels 

Cut Out Added Sugars 

Sip Smarter

The Easy Way to Eat Healthy

Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe    

We couldn’t do what we do without our RESEARCH

With cardiovascular disease and stroke being the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all Americans, the American Heart Association believes that researching these is the best way to learn how to improve cardiovascular health and reduce death and disability.

Follow the daily news from Scientific Sessions 2017 (November 11th-14th, Anaheim, CA) in our 2017 Scientific Sessions Newsroom!

DYK? We are working toward improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent, by the year 2020. Learn more about AHA Research.


Since 1949, the AHA has invested more than $4.1 billion in research to enhance our knowledge of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

  • The Institute for Precision Medicine is one of several innovative research approaches the AHA is employing to more aggressively attack heart disease and stroke.

  • We've built one of the largest and most trusted research programs in the nation, funding more than $4.1 billion in heart disease and stroke research.

  • Nearly 2,500 researchers and healthcare providers help provide rigorous peer review to ensure we fund the most worthy research projects.

  • Generous supporters make our research possible. This includes large charitable foundations, corporations and individuals. Donate now.

Important Dates in November

  11/1 - National Healthy Eating Day

  11/5 - Daylight Savings Time ends - Turn your clock BACK one hour.

  11/7 - Election Day

  11/10 - Veteran's Day

  11/11-11/15 - AHA's Scientific Sessions 2017 in Anaheim, CA

  11/14 - World Diabetes Day - AHA Diabetes Information

  11/23 - Thanksgiving Day

  11/24 National Family Health History Day