Healthy Heart, Happy You!

Healthy Heart, Happy You!

            Did you know that, every year, approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease? That equates to 1 in every 4 deaths being related to heart disease! Every 34 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack and every minute, someone dies from a heart disease related issue. In fact, heart disease is the number one cause of death, for both men and women, in the United States. Alone, coronary heart disease costs the United States $108.9 billion dollars each year! Now, those are some alarming statistics. Let’s take a look at what exactly heart disease is, the risk factors that you should be aware of, and some tips you can follow to help you reduce your risk of heart disease.

            Heart disease is a broad term that is used to describe several problems that are associated with plaque buildup that occurs in the artery walls, or atherosclerosis. Terms such as cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease are used interchangeably with heart disease. When plaque keeps building up in the artery walls, the arteries become too narrow causing a restriction of blood flow to the heart, which creates a risk for heart attack and/or stroke. Other types of heart disease include:

–          Arrhythmia

–          Cardiac Arrest

–          Heart Attack

–          Heart Failure

–          Cardiomyopathy

–          Stroke

–          Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

There are three main risk factors for heart disease and these are: high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking. Approximately half of Americans (49%) have at least one of these risk factors. There are also lifestyle choices as well as several other medical conditions that can put individuals at high risk for heart disease. These include:

–          Diabetes

–          Overweight and Obesity

–          Poor diet

–          Lack of physical activity

–          Excessive alcohol use

Some individuals are at higher risk for heart disease than others. By reducing and/or eliminating as many of the aforementioned risk factors and increasing physical activity, all individuals can cut back their risk of developing heart disease!

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

Ingredients

  • ·         1 2/3 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 1/2 cookie sheets)
  • ·         7 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ·         2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • ·         Cooking spray
  • ·         1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
  • ·         2/3 cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter
  • ·         1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • ·         1/2 cup(4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • ·         1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • ·         3 tablespoons finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts
  • ·         1/4 cup shaved milk chocolate (about 1 ounce)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar, and egg whites; toss with a fork until moist. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Prick crust with a fork before baking. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack.

Combine milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly; transfer mixture to a bowl. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring with a whisk until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Place cream cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Fold in whipped topping; pour mixture into prepared piecrust. Freeze, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight or until hard. Sprinkle with peanuts and shaved chocolate. Transfer pie to refrigerator 30 minutes before slicing.

**Lightly coat hands with cooking spray to press the slightly sticky crust into the pie plate. The filling may be thin after mixing but will harden in the freezer.

Nutritional Information

 

Calories per serving: 259
Calories per serving: 30%
Fat per serving: 8.7g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.9g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3.8g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 9.4g
Carbohydrates per serving: 35.5g
Fiber per serving: 1.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 2mg
Iron per serving: 0.6mg
Sodium per serving: 249mg
Calcium per serving: 136mg

 

Sources

http://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fs_heart_disease.htm

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Conditions_UCM_001087_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,10000001646405,00.html

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