Healthy Hearts Institute

Healthy Hearts Institute Reduce Stress, Increase Strength, Build from Within.

HHI's vision is to become the leading health and wellness service and education provider.

Mission: HHI's mission is to empower individual and community transformation through health and wellness.

Our latest project is complete! A month ago we began laying the foundation for our shipping container/tool shed. Here ar...
04/29/2019

Our latest project is complete! A month ago we began laying the foundation for our shipping container/tool shed. Here are a few photos

Today's harvest at the El Pueblo Community Garden! Heirloom tomatoes, okra, zucchini, hot peppers, sweet peppers,  cucum...
08/18/2018

Today's harvest at the El Pueblo Community Garden! Heirloom tomatoes, okra, zucchini, hot peppers, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, spaghetti squash, honeydew and more! #growfood #groworganic #feedthecommunity

Behind the scene meetings to help transform the El Pueblo Community Garden and Urban Farm. Thankful to have the support ...
02/06/2018

Behind the scene meetings to help transform the El Pueblo Community Garden and Urban Farm. Thankful to have the support of Gensler, Turner Construction, MIG, Urban Design Consulting Engineers, Lea and Braze, Skanska and of course the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa. #newelpueblo #communitytransformation

03/30/2017

Healthy Hearts Institute needs your help! We have submitted a grant application in the 2017 Seeds® of Change Grant Program, and need you to vote for us at http://bit.ly/2nF3PgZ. You can vote once per day until April 19. #SeedsofChangeGrant

The Contra Costa Times just published an interview with founder Heracio Harts - exciting times for HHI and more good new...
03/13/2017
Pittsburg: Coming home to help feed the community

The Contra Costa Times just published an interview with founder Heracio Harts - exciting times for HHI and more good news to come soon, watch this space!
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/03/13/pittsburg-coming-home-to-help-feed-the-community/

After time in prison and more than two years of set-up work, Ray Harts ready to create a community garden to help provide nutritious vegetables to residents in and near the El Pueblo housing projec…

This new list names the produce with the most leftover pesticide in grocery stores. If you're on a budget, prioritize bu...
04/13/2016
New fruit tops "Dirty Dozen" list of most contaminated produce

This new list names the produce with the most leftover pesticide in grocery stores. If you're on a budget, prioritize buying organic versions of the dirty dozen first:

1. Strawberries
2. Apples
3. Nectarines
4. Peaches
5. Celery
6. Grapes
7. Cherries
8. Spinach
9. Tomatoes
10. Sweet bell peppers
11. Cherry tomatoes
12. Cucumbers

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-fruit-tops-dirty-dozen-list-of-most-contaminated-produce/

The Environmental Working Group is out with its annual ranking of pesticide levels in popular fruits and vegetables

Up 12% last year, the organic farming sector is growing! The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adop...
04/13/2016
Roots of Change

Up 12% last year, the organic farming sector is growing! The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adopting elements of organic farming.

Soil building, the essential and core practice of any organic farm, is on the rise. By building soil, they conserve water, build fertility, increase resilience, and capture carbon to combat global warming.

California is considering a bill SB 1350 (Senator Lois Wolk) that will commit money to a health soils initiative proposed by Governor Brown.

This is encouraging news: the rate of growth in the organic farming sector is rising. It went up 12% last year. It is critical that farms become continually better at protecting the resources upon which our food depends. Organic certification remains the clearest measure of a farmers' commitment to this holistic and complex goal. We still have a long way to go because according to the USDA's database only 21,781 farms are certified, about 1% of the total farms in the nation. The best news is that large numbers of farms in the US are adopting elements of organic farming. Soil building, the essential and core practice of any organic farm, is on the rise. Climate change is forcing farmers to intensify their focus on soil. By building soil, they conserve water, build fertility, plant resilience and capture carbon to combat global warming. California is considering a bill SB 1350 (Senator Lois Wolk) that will commit money to a health soils initiative proposed by Governor Brown. We like the bill and the initiative and organic farms!

http://www.organicauthority.com/Organic-Farming-on-the-Rise

Sorry to break it to you germophobes, but bacteria in our body outnumber our own cells 300 to 1 (and always have!)As it ...
04/11/2016
How The Probiotics In Yogurt Can Affect Your Mood

Sorry to break it to you germophobes, but bacteria in our body outnumber our own cells 300 to 1 (and always have!)

As it turns out, there's GOOD bacteria and bad bacteria.
Find out which foods like yogurt and kimchi help you boost immunity, improve your mood, regulate your digestion, and even soothe autoimmune symptoms. #HealthyHearts #FoodTherapy

Probiotics are essential for your digestive health, but they may also improve your mental health.

Mind and body are one and the same! Even science says so :) Explore nature to nurture your thoughts. #HealthyMinds = #He...
04/06/2016
These Are the Best Exercises for Anxiety and Depression

Mind and body are one and the same! Even science says so :) Explore nature to nurture your thoughts. #HealthyMinds = #HealthyHearts

Exercises in the link below can help ease anxiety.

By Kathleen Mulpeter If you suffer from depression or anxiety, your workout can play a key role in managing your symptoms, thanks to the powerf...

You're not stuck with "bad memory"! See how much you can improve by using an old trick: a memory palace. #HealthyMind #H...
04/05/2016
The Upshot

You're not stuck with "bad memory"! See how much you can improve by using an old trick: a memory palace. #HealthyMind #HealthyHearts

An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memorization; Go Ahead and Try It http://nyti.ms/1XPtuwB / http://gph.is/1MOypgC

Ever see that weird machine at the gym?Like swimming or biking, it's injury-safe. And if you're short on time, it can be...
03/23/2016
Women's Health

Ever see that weird machine at the gym?

Like swimming or biking, it's injury-safe. And if you're short on time, it can be a one-stop shop for a full-body workout...

Check out the rowing machine on the link below! #HealthyHearts

Have you ever tried it? (via PopSugar Fitness)

For those of us with limited space, indoor gardening easily brightens a kitchen or porch just in time for spring!Low-cos...
03/08/2016
25 Small Urban Garden Design Ideas | DIY Cozy Home

For those of us with limited space, indoor gardening easily brightens a kitchen or porch just in time for spring!

Low-cost reusable household materials make for a great weekend project.. Check out the link below!

Link: 25 Small Urban Garden Ideas DIY

25 Small Urban Garden Design Ideas DIYApr 2, 2013 Don’t miss out! Follow DIYcozyHome.com on Facebook and bring more love and life into your home. For those of you who live in smaller spaces, but still want to indulge your green thumb, below are some great ideas for urban gardening. Give them a try!…

Great ideas for healthy lunches and reusable containers!
03/04/2016
Mason Jar Salad | HelloFresh Blog

Great ideas for healthy lunches and reusable containers!

Today, we're making a mason jar salad that is healthy, bright, beautiful, and perfect for bringing to work for a delicious lunch.

Kelly Carlisle, a Navy veteran returned home to Oakland, started nonprofit  "Acta Non Verba" (“deeds, not words” in Lati...
02/29/2016
Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

Kelly Carlisle, a Navy veteran returned home to Oakland, started nonprofit "Acta Non Verba" (“deeds, not words” in Latin) to support neighborhood kids ages 5-12 years old learning to grow their own fruits and vegetables after school.

Kelly Carlisle!!!

Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healt...
02/25/2016
A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Ron Finley grows a nourishing food culture in South Central L.A.’s food desert by planting the seeds and tools for healthy eating
#urbangarden #foodjustice #healthyhearts

Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA -- in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where "the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."

Check out all these filling and nutritious recipes designed to make your life SO much easier and tastier! #healthyhearts
02/22/2016
29 Healthy Crockpot Recipes You Can Prep and Freeze Ahead of Time

Check out all these filling and nutritious recipes designed to make your life SO much easier and tastier! #healthyhearts

Of all the ways to make preparing dinner for a hungry family easier, we find there is none better than a make-ahead, freezable, slow cooker recipe! As if setting a crock pot and going about your day wasn’t simple enough, with meals like these ones, you...

This awesome project out of the Bay Area is just one example of how people are getting involved to fight food insecurity...
02/19/2016
Food Justice Advocates Plot an Urban Garden Revolution in Oakland

This awesome project out of the Bay Area is just one example of how people are getting involved to fight food insecurity! Check out their effort to develop local lots into community gardens!

#foodjustice #communitygarden #urbangarden

According to Cultivating the Commons, a 2009 analysis by UC Berkeley Geography Department students Nathan McClintock and Jenny Cooper, the City of Oakland has more...

Being still and non-judgmental of your daily thoughts positively affects your health #Mindfulness practice not only help...
02/10/2016
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Being still and non-judgmental of your daily thoughts positively affects your health

#Mindfulness practice not only helps you *feel* less stressed, it's proven that regular mindfulness meditation eases sleep, weight loss, and control of emotions. #MentalHealth #HealthyHearts
Here's a 5-min guided mindfulness video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzbdLn2bJc

For more information:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-courage-be-present/201001/how-practice-mindfulness-meditation
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022399903005737

“There’s very good evidence that high-intensity interval training provides many of the fitness benefits of prolonged end...
02/08/2016
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

“There’s very good evidence that high-intensity interval training provides many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time.”

Those seven minutes shouldn't be fun.. But the upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done! #MotivationMonday


These exercises should be performed in quick succession--one right after the other--allowing 30 seconds for each.

In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

Walnuts, dark chocolate and tumeric, all great super foods that can help our brain power!
02/02/2016
12 Best Foods To Boost Brain Power

Walnuts, dark chocolate and tumeric, all great super foods that can help our brain power!

We all know that the food we eat can affect our bodies. But, what about the greater impact food can have on the brain? An article written in Psychology Today discusses the mind-gut connection in relation to the immune system and how food can either prevent or cause certain sickness. We are constantl

02/01/2016

Time is running out to get the best health plan for your medical needs and budget.

Open enrollment for #CoveredCalifornia ends on Sunday, January 31st.

Put your money to good use. Safeguard your health. Get enrolled. Get covered. It’s the law.

To enroll, attendees need to bring:

• IDENTIFICATION: Photo ID, driver’s license or US Passport

• INCOME: 2014 tax return or the last 30 days of pay stubs

• CALIFORNIA ADDRESS: Any piece of postmarked mail sent to you

• SSN and DOB for each family member in the household

• CITIZENSHIP OR IMMIGRATION STATUS*: Birth certificate, permanent resident card, certificate of naturalization or citizenship.

For more information, please call (925) 212-3239 or email [email protected].

Courtesy of: CONTRA COSTA ACA TEAM

Community Outreach Network Affiliate

Covered California

07/06/2015

If you fall down 1000 times, get back up 1001 times for there is "Nothing is more certain than the defeat of a man [or woman] who gives up.” -George Sheehan #Onward #MotivationMonday

How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweighthttp://bit.ly/NDiwwA
07/01/2015
How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight

How to Start Exercising When You're Already Overweight
http://bit.ly/NDiwwA

Healthy living isn't easy. For some, it comes naturally, but for those folks who are already overweight—large enough that it's difficult or even painful to do what thinner people can do—it's even tougher to get started. Here are some tips to help.

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Just letting everyone know about our plant sale this weekend. Rain or shine. Here's a checklist of tomato varieties.http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/files/280594.pdf
Can't believe the progress