Cookbook Offers Tasty, Healthful Versions of Soul-Food Favorites

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If you enjoy soul food, you have the power to lower your risk for heart disease and stroke with the second edition of the Healthy Soul Food Recipes magazine cookbook. It’s available for $3.99, while supplies last, at supermarkets and natural and organic food stores. You may also order a copy online by clicking here.

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Created by the American Stroke Association and published by Publications International, Ltd., the 100-page magazine includes 46 easy-to-make recipes that follow American Heart Association dietary recommendations, including Chicken Jambalaya and Warm Peach Bread Pudding.

Healthy Soul Food Recipes was created to help African-Americans enjoy a balanced, healthful way of eating and reduce their risk for stroke and heart disease.

“African-Americans are almost twice as likely to have a first stroke as whites,” says Edgar Kenton, MD, a neurologist and American Stroke Association volunteer. “Eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity may help control blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, and may help reduce the risk of diabetes. Reducing these risk factors will reduce the risk of stroke.”

Healthy Soul Food Recipes features personal stories from two well-known African-Americans familiar with the devastation stroke can cause. The late Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, discusses how she was affected by her mother’s death from cancer, which led to a stroke months before she died. (Sadly, Yolanda died shortly before the magazine was published.) And former national TV weatherman Mark McEwen shares how he’s handled his personal battle with the effects of a massive stroke he suffered in 2005.

King, McEwen and others worked with Power To End Stroke, the American Stroke Association’s aggressive education and awareness program for African-Americans.

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