High Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers

The guidelines for high blood pressure have changed. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is now defined as a blood pressure of 130/80 (stated “130 over 80”). The first number (130) is the systolic pressure measurement, and the second number (80) … Continue reading

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Go Red for Heart Health

Today is Go Red for Women® day. What’s that all about? It’s an awareness campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association that encourages women to monitor their health, eat well and exercise. Cardiovascular deaths in women hit about 500,000 per … Continue reading

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The Best Diet is the Healthiest One that You Can Swallow

I just arrived home from a conference about some of the hottest topics in nutrition right now: Food safety/allergy, dietary fat and heart health (omega-3 fatty acids, dairy fat), food intolerance (gluten, wheat, sugars, dairy protein), plant-based proteins, diet and … Continue reading

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Charred Chard: Chock Full of Vitamins, DASH Diet Friendly

“Eat your greens” said my grandmother. Growing up, my Italian immigrant grandparents always grew vegetables in the summer, and my dad followed suit. Now my husband is the gardener of the house. My grandfather built a “hot bed” in which he’d … Continue reading

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New Dietary Guidelines, Cholesterol and Your Heart

The upcoming US Dietary Guidelines for Americans (currently under review for release of the 2015 version) are eliminating the guideline to limit dietary cholesterol. Interestingly, most dietitians have never focused on this guideline, so this is not news to us. … Continue reading

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My New Book Can Help You Be Your Healthiest

AD: My newest book, DASH Diet For Dummies® will hit shelves in the next couple of weeks. The DASH Diet is a lifestyle and meal plan that is proven to reduce blood pressure, and can also be effective for weight loss … Continue reading

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Set Simple Personal Goals for Heart Month

Do you feel tired, have high blood pressure, get short of breath doing daily activities, have high cholesterol or triglyceride levels? If so, it’s time to check in with your doctor. This is the time of year to assess your … Continue reading

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Exercise and Diet Can Fight Disease: Is Your Dietitian Visit Going to be Covered?

An article was just published this week stating that exercise “is as good as medicine” for treating heart disease. Hmmn, that’s funny, I’ve known about this for almost 30 years…and I know older colleagues who’ve known it longer than that. … Continue reading

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