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Keeping the Beat

February 2nd, 2012 - By Fit Staff

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February is American Heart Month — a time to take notice that heart disease and stroke is the number one cause of death in the country. Heart disease affects everyone from newborns to young adults and seniors. Whether its tips for diet and exercise or learning CPR there’s something we all can do to protect ourselves and loved ones.

Tales from the Heart

Follow four individuals through their experience with heart disease.

Be the BeatBe the Beat

February 22nd, 2012 – By Lari Robling

Brian A. is a teen spokesperson for Be the Beat, a program sponsored by the American Heart Association encouraging teens to learn how to use hands-only CPR. Why the interest?

Queen of HeartsQueen of Hearts

February 22nd, 2012 – By Lari Robling

Like many women, Laurie R. didn’t want to disrupt the family when she became fatigued and out of breath on a family outing at their favorite water park. The following day with her symptoms worsening, she drove herself to the hospital emergency room.

Stroke Knows No Age LimitStroke Knows No Age Limit

February 21st, 2012 – By Lari Robling

Jill C. wants you to know that strokes can occur at any age — even before birth.

I Thought I Was as Healthy as an OxI Thought I Was as Healthy as an Ox

February 21st, 2012 – By Lari Robling

That’s what Gene J. used to say, “I’m as healthy as an ox.” The day before he suffered a heart attack, cardiac arrest and an aneurism he had gone on a 25 mile bike hike with a friend.

Interviews and Stories

Eat These Words!Eat These Words!

February 17th, 2012 – By Rebecca Stack

Rebecca Stack, MPH, RD, LDN from Bryn Mawr Hospital offers five foods for heart health.

The Doctor Is InThe Doctor Is In

February 13th, 2012 – By Lari Robling

A conversation with Dr. Paul J. Mather, Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program at Jefferson Heart Institute, on cardio-vascular disease.


Chicken Pot PieChicken Pot Pie
Recipe Courtesy of American Heart Association
This version of pot-pie is loaded with vegetables, gets rid of the cream or milk usually called for in other recipes, and the crust is trans-fat-free. The filling for the pie can be made a day or so in advance. Feel free to put an egg wash (one egg whisked with a tablespoon of water) on the finished pastry before baking if you prefer a sheen on your crust.

Chicken Fingers with Dipping SaucesChicken Fingers with Dipping Sauces
Recipe Courtesy of American Heart Association
You can never have too many chicken finger recipes or dipping sauces!

Guacamole with FruitGuacamole with Fruit
Recipe Courtesy of La Calaca Feliz
We all know avocados are heart-healthy, but this recipe also adds pomegranate for even more anti-oxidants.

Mushroom TacosMushroom Tacos
Recipe Courtesy of La Calaca Feliz
Mushrooms are the little fungi that could — with very few calories they pack a delicious nutritional punch. This recipe will be demonstrated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Heart Health Day.

Grilled Shrimp with QuinoaGrilled Shrimp with Quinoa
Recipe Courtesy of Fork Restaurant
Make anyday special with this elegant dish. This recipe will be demonstrated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Heart Health Day.

Whole-Wheat Penne with Sautéed VegetablesWhole-Wheat Penne with Sautéed Vegetables
Recipe Courtesy of Zavino Restaurant
Lots of vegetables and whole grain pasta make this dish filling and the pesto is a rich splurge made with heart-healthy olive oil. This recipe will be demonstrated at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Heart Health Day.

Asian Cole SlawAsian Cole Slaw
Recipe By the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program, part of the My Heart. My Life. Platform
While the bagged shredded cabbage is a nice convenience, don’t overlook the beautiful local cabbages sprouting up in the Farmer’s Markets these days.

Asian-Style Noodles with Pork and VegetablesAsian-Style Noodles with Pork and Vegetables
Recipe By the American Heart Association’s Simple Cooking with Heart program, part of the My Heart. My Life. Platform
Celebrate Chinese New Year! According to tradition, eating noodles guarantees longevity.

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