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Why We Wear Red (even on zoom) for Heart Month

Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are working from home these days, but they’re just as committed to supporting the heart health of our clients and the community. Here are their favorite tips on how to protect your heart. Each of these tips can be followed from the comfort of your home!

Director of Nutrition Services, Lisa Zullig says “be physically active every day!  For more tips on how to stay active at home, see our latest blog.”

God’s Love RDN, Austin is always dropping knowledge about the chemical components of the foods we know and love. He says, “Polyphenols are plant molecules that protect the plant for survival. When we eat plant based foods, we gain protective benefits too. These benefits include lowering blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol. Eat blueberries, green tea, olive oil, dark chocolate, and oranges.”

Our RDN and food safety specialist, Mary O’Hara says, “Go ahead and stretch those arms and legs every day! Feel good about what you can do. Each day gets a little easier as you spend more time engaged in the activity.”

RDN, Jamie Lopez offers a list of options to keep things tasty:

  • Herbs like cilantro, parsley, thyme, basil, mint, rosemary, and sage.
  • Spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, fennel seed, paprika, and curry powder.
  • Citrus fruits
  • Vinegar/oil based dressings

RDN Ana Blanco says, “Eat fish often! Fish is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and nutrients that can lower your blood pressure and help reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Love your heart”