Heart Disease and Cancer

By Autumn Warbritton

Definition

Heart Disease- Any condition of the heart that impairs its functioning

Cancer- A malignant and invasive growth or tumor, tending to recur after excision and to metastasize to other sites.

Tips for Prevention

  • Stop the use of alcohol/tobacco
  • Eat a healthy diet (avoid processed foods as much as possible)
  • Stay physically active
  • Stay up to date with immunizations

Gorgonzola & Prune Stuffed Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup chopped prunes, divided
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup coarse dry whole-wheat breadcrumbs, (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • PREPARATION

    1. Combine 1/4 cup prunes, Gorgonzola, breadcrumbs and 1/2 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin edge of each chicken breast, nearly through to the opposite side. Stuff each breast with about 2 1/2 tablespoons filling. Use a couple of toothpicks to seal the opening. Season with salt and pepper.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
    3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, shallot and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon thyme to the pan; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and the remaining 1/4 cup prunes. Reduce heat to medium; cook, scraping up any browned bits, until most of the wine evaporates, about 2 minutes. Whisk broth and flour in a small bowl until smooth; add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
    4. Reduce heat to low, return the chicken and any juices to the pan and turn to coat with sauce. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove toothpicks, slice the chicken and top with the sauce.
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Top 4 Leading Causes of Death in the US

  1. Heart Disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
  4. Stroke

KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK!

  • Chest discomfort
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Upper body discomfort
  • Light-headed

Works Cited


"Adult Health." Cancer Prevention: 7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk. MayoClinic, 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.

"Gorgonzola & Prune Stuffed Chicken." EatingWell. Eating Well, 2013. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.