Tag Archives: Heart Health

Berries & Cardiovascular Disease

Berries in a heart shaped bowl

By: Joya Johnson, CSUN Dietetic Intern Cohort 2021-2022 

Did you know that every 36 seconds, one person dies from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the United States?1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CVD is highly prevalent in the United States and is the leading cause of death for men and women.1 CVD encompasses the multiple conditions that affect the function of the heart and blood vessels, including blood vessel disease, heart valve disease, heart infection, congenital heart defects, heart rhythm problems, and disease of the heart muscle.1 Coronary artery disease (CAD) happens to be the most common form of heart disease in the United States.1 Physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, and use of tobacco are the leading risk factors that contribute to heart disease.1 Diet is of significant importance since it can impact CAD by mitigating or encouraging the progression of heart disease.  

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The Sweet Facts About Sweet Potatoes

By: Talia Bondelli, DTR

Raw Sweet Potato on a Wooden Table
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What does it mean to eat the rainbow? Eating the rainbow signifies eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.1 All of the colors of fruits and vegetables have different health benefits that may reduce your risk of diseases.Sweet potatoes have a deep orange color, which is the pigment called beta-carotene.3 They are very nutritious and they are also fat free, which means they also have no saturated fat or trans-fat.4 Furthermore, they are low in calories and sodium, with about 100 calories and 70 milligrams of sodium for one medium sweet potato.4 Sweet potatoes can definitely sweeten up your life, and in a healthy way!

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Heart Health for Life

Heart Shaped Bowl

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By Sonia Ramirez-Rivera, BS, CSUN Dietetic Intern

As any doctor will tell you, taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do in life. Eating well, exercise, and drinking plenty of water are all needed for health. What about taking of your heart? Not in an “achy breaky heart” as Billy Ray Cyrus may say when you heart is broken from you long lasting love, but in general taking care of your heart health. Continue reading