There are steps we can all take – in terms of nutrition, physical activity, weight management, stress management, and stopping smoking (or never starting).
Today we’ll focus on nutrition.
Eating healthy foods is a great first step to a healthy heart.
“The Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Eating website features more than 100 recipes created for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.”
Womenshealth.gov has put together a fact sheet “Heart Healthy Eating.” It contains information aimed at women, but is useful for everyone. You will find answers to questions such as ” How can I tell how much saturated fat, trans fat and other substances are in the foods that I eat?” and “Are there eating plans that can help me choose foods that are good for my heart?”
The USDA‘s site ChooseMyPlate has Healthy Eating Tips for the entire family. This site has a wealth of information 10 Tips Education Series, Sample Menus and Recipes, Tips for Vegetarians, Tips for Eating Healthy when Eating Out.
Visit the Mayo Clinic for their “Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease.” The first 4 (visit the site for the other 4 plus helpful advice):
- Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol
- Choose low-fat protein sources
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Select whole grains
The American Heart Association is a great resource for all things heart related. Their Nutrition Center includes Healthy Diet Goals, Healthy Cooking, Dining Out advice, Heart Smart Shopping, and Recipes
Health Reference is focusing on Heart Health for the month of February. Stop in and check out a book, read a journal, or pick up one of the many pamphlets and handouts available.
How about one of these cookbooks?
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services
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