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1 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 and Simple Cooking With Heart: Two Valuable Resources from the American Heart Association 1

2 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 TM 2

3 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association What if you had a guide … To guarantee you a longer life? To prevent heart disease? To feel stronger and healthier now and later? To provide a better quality of life as you invest in your relationships and life goals? 3

4 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Our Goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent. Live Better. Embrace Health with Life’s Simple Seven. 4 Our Mission: Building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease & stroke. Life’s Simple 7 TM

5 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association From Clyde Yancy, M.D. We know what it takes to save lives, but heart disease and stroke are still leading causes of death. Why not embrace your best health potential? Research shows those who can reach cardiovascular wellness goals by age 50 can expect to live another 40 years free from heart disease and stroke! What are those wellness goals? Life’s Simple 7 … And anyone can reach them! 5

6 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association My Life Check We’ve simplified healthy living -– 7 things to measure and track. 6

7 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Manage Blood Pressure High blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease! 1 out of every 3 American Adults have HBP, and many are unaware. 7 Why? Know your numbers Track your progress Learn healthy habits for eating well & staying active. Take Action!

8 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Get Active People who exercise have better health than those who do not. 8 Make your decision to get moving. Choose activities you can enjoy. Why? Take Action!

9 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Control Cholesterol When there’s too much cholesterol in your blood, you are at major risk for heart disease and stroke. 9 Why? Follow your healthcare provider’s advice. Make health food choices. Get active. Take Action!

10 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Eat Better A variety of heart-healthy nutrition keeps you living at your best health potential. 10 Say yes to: Lots of fruits and vegetables Whole grain carbohydrates Fat-free and low-fat dairy products Fish with omega-3 fatty acids Say no to: Foods and beverages with added sugar Products high in sodium Why? Take Action!

11 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Lose Weight A BMI of less than 25 is optimal for cardiovascular health. 11 For effective weight loss, start here: Choose to invest your energy on the task, not feeling guilty Know your BMI Know how many calories you need The weight-loss plan: Reduce calories in: plan your food choices and stick with your plan Increase calories out: engage in regular physical activity, minutes per day Why? Take Action!

12 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Don’t Smoke Smoking is the number one modifiable cause of death. 12 Why not? Talk with your healthcare provider Focus on the rewards Plan your response to roadblocks Take Action!

13 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Reduce Blood Sugar High blood sugar encourages the growth of the plaque in your arteries and increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 13 Why? Take Action! Make good food choices Commit to regular physical activity Maintain a healthy weight

14 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Why do you need a Life’s Simple 7 success plan? Without a plan, you will likely experience: Increased risk for heart disease and stroke Increased likelihood of illness & disability Increased need for surgeries, medications & treatments Reduced quality of life Get started now by taking My Life Check at Applicable to adults and chilcren If you don’t have all of your healthy numbers such as cholesterol, it’s OK. Take the quiz anyway. You can add them later You can even take the quiz from your smartphone 14

15 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association With a Success Plan, Every Step Counts Toward Your Goal But with Life’s Simple Seven, you can KNOW you’re taking care of yourself to reach your best health potential for yourself and for those you love. Together, we’re building a healthier future, one heart at a time! 15

16 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 and a Healthy Diet FIVE of Life’s Simple 7 – everything except physical activity and not smoking – are influenced by what you eat! That’s why educating the public about what constitutes a heart- healthy diet, and how to prepare heart-healthy foods, is so important to the American Heart Association! The American Heart Association has established a number of dietary goals – this list is not exhaustive, rather the goals are markers of a healthy diet 16

17 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Healthy Diet Score 17 Dietary Goals4-5 goals met for ideal CV health Fruits and vegetables>4.5 cups/d Fish 3.5-oz servings>2 servings/wk(preferably oily fish) SodiumSodium<1500 mg/d‡ Sugar-sweetened beverages<450 kcal (36 oz)/wk Whole grains(1.1 g of fiber in 10 g of carbohydrates), 1-oz-equivalent settings >3servings/d Other dietary measures Nuts, legumes, seeds>4 servings/wk Processed meats<2servings/wk Saturated fat<7% of total energy intake (kcal)

18 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Learn about the Salty Six and take the Sodium Pledge 18 or (be sure to watch the video…)

19 Living Better with Life’s Simple 7 American Heart Association Questions? 19

20 Simple Cooking with Heart A free resource from the American Heart Association at

21 Why Simple Cooking with Heart?  Where Americans eat has a dramatic effect on what foods, and how much of these foods, we consume: the more people eat out, particularly at fast- food restaurants, the more calories, fat and sodium they tend to consume and away-from-home meals contain fewer fruits, vegetables and whole grains than foods prepared at home. This contributes to higher Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) in children and adults.  American Heart Association is prioritizing a return to the kitchen as a part of our most pressing national goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

22 Overview  Simple Cooking with Heart is a free online resource that encourages Americans to cook low-cost, heart-healthy meals at home by giving them tools, basic skills and techniques to get started and inspired – and have fun.  Today you will receive a DVD and booklets for your students – please remember that video and print materials are all available free on the site as well: 

23 Program Components Simple Cooking with Heart consists of the following components: – heart.org/simplecooking heart.org/simplecooking –Videos –Tips –Infographics –Spanish-language materials –Kids demo kit – New! –Simple Cooking with Heart at Home Booklet (English & Spanish) –Simple Cooking with Heart Demonstration Kit –Simple Cooking with Heart Grocery list

24 The Recipes  More than 100 quick, healthy, and budget friendly recipes designed especially for this program –Online video for each recipe  All recipes meet AHA nutrition guidelines

25 The Recipes: Healthy, Quick, Affordable  Apple and Walnut Chicken Salad with Green Salad  Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumber  Chicken and Green Bean Salad  Thai Chicken Broccoli Salad with Peanut Dressing  Black-eyed Pea, Corn & Rice Salad  Cantaloupe Cucumber Gazpacho  Asian Marinated Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette  White Bean and Tomato “Bruschetta” Salad  Chicken and Black Bean Tostada with Avocado Cream  Texas Caviar  Chicken Gumbo  Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry  Crockpot Greek Chicken with Lemon Potatoes  Zippy Southwest Chicken Fajita Salad  Allspice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon-Sautéed Apples and Cilantro Rice  Sautéed Zucchini, Tomato & Chickpea Ragout  Tandoori Spiced Halibut with Steamed Vegetables  Eggplant, Cheese and Tomato Bake  Crockpot Orange Pulled Chicken Tacos with Pickled Vegetables and Sour cream  Mom’s Roasted Turkey with Butternut Squash and Asparagus

26 The Recipes: Healthy, Quick, Affordable  Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie  One-Pot Tuna Casserole with Green Beans and Almonds  Mini Meatloaves with Low-Fat Creamed Spinach  Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs  Crockpot Lean BBQ Beef with Homemade Sauce and Sweet Potato Salad  Chicken Pot Pie  Lasagna  Bacon Mushroom Mac and Cheese  Southwest Turkey Burger  Classic Margherita Pizza with Whole Wheat Pizza Crust  Kid-Friendly Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans and Corn  Kid-Friendly Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs with Brown Rice  Fish Sticks w/ Tartar Sauce  BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Homemade Potato Chips  Spaghetti-Squash Spaghetti  Creamy Chicken-Broccoli Casserole with Whole-Wheat Pasta  Chicken Curry Skillet with Stir-Fry Veggies and Noodles  Citrus Ginger Honey Glazed Salmon with Whole Grain Rice and Sugar Snap Peas  Pork Chops with Balsamic-Peach Glaze, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli  Salmon Kabobs w/ Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

27 Additional Content Articles  Fresh, Frozen or Canned Fruits and Vegetables: All Can Be Healthy Choices (also in Spanish)  Common Spices: How to Use Them Deliciously (also in Spanish)  Delicious Cooking for One  Healthy Eating All Winter Long  Meat and Poultry That Makes the Healthy Cut (also in Spanish)  Tips and Tricks to Deal with Picky Eaters  Slow Cooker Savvy  Sneaking More Fruits and Veggies into Meals (also in Spanish)  The Goodness of Greens  Eat More: Essential Vitamins and Minerals (also in Spanish) Culinary Skill Videos  How to Make Homemade Dressings and Marinades (also in Spanish)  How to Make Homemade Chicken Broth  How to Add Flavor with Herbs and Spices (also in Spanish)  How to Freeze Foods and Avoid Freezer Burn (also in Spanish)  How to Braise  How to Broil  How to Cook Beans and Legumes (also in Spanish)  How to Roast  Cooking Whole Grains  Knife Skills (also in Spanish)

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