Heart Month is coming up in February and with this kit you’ll have resources and ideas to help educate shoppers about healthy eating all month and throughout the year. From the latest research on heart-friendly foods to a healthy-heart quiz, you’ll have a variety of tools to use in the store, at community events, and in the office. The three “Keep an Eye On…” handouts are designed to be used separately or as a set.

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Vegetables arranged in a heart

From avocado to zucchini, healthy foods abound. These seven studies examine how foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairy, and whole grains are nutritious and heart protective. We include summaries and links to the research. 

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Mixture of fresh berries

This mini-poster promotes seven heart-healthy foods that everyone can enjoy. Tack it up on a bulletin board or use as a handout.

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Roasted chicken surrounded by roasted vegetables

Healthy food is often thought of as being bland, but luckily for all of us, that’s not true! Home cooks can create mouthwatering and heart-healthy dishes using these three steps to develop flavor as they cook. A recipe for a marinated spicy salmon is included.

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Two quinces on plate illustration

Enjoying a nutritious breakfast can significantly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Borrowing a page (literally!) from our 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan book, we provide easy ideas for delicious and healthy breakfasts every day – it’s as simple as 1-2-3!

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Stuffed Grape Leaves Illustration

The Mediterranean way of eating has been proven to be not only delicious but heart-healthy as well. We’ve included easy lunch ideas (featured in our 4-Week Mediterranean Diet Menu Plan book) showing just how easy it is to go Med in the middle of the day.

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Red and white onions with garlic

Oftentimes, small changes in diet and lifestyle can bring about healthy results. We share twelve tips that almost anyone can do to help manage their blood pressure more easily.

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Sugar bowl and spoon

Sugar occurs naturally in small amounts in fruits, whole grains and skim milk, foods that are part of a healthy diet. Added sugar, however, isn’t so great for our hearts or our waistlines. We take a look at the ways sugar can be hidden in products and share tips on how to cut back without sacrificing taste or sweetness.

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Salt shaker and blood pressure monitor

Sodium in our diet may affect our blood pressure, an important factor in heart health. This resource explains how much sodium is recommended per day, shares tips for cutting back, and discusses the importance of reading product labels for nutrition, ingredients, and serving size.

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Avocado and Olive Oil

Not all fats are created equal and knowing which ones are “good” and “not so good” can make it easier to keep cholesterol levels in check while enjoying delicious foods. This resource explains how different fats — from unsaturated fats to transfats — affect our well-being, and lists foods that are more likely to contribute to optimum health.

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Spectrum of fruits and vegetables

Dietary fiber found in plant foods such as vegetables and fruits can help lower cholesterol, help with weight loss, and help lower the risk of stroke. We take a look at the two types of fiber and share easy ways to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to anyone’s diet.

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Take Heart Graphic

Use this five-question quiz to choose healthier foods for a healthy heart. The accompanying answer key explains why these foods can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and shares tips on identifying added sodium and sugar in many foods. The quiz is coordinated to go hand-in-hand with resources in this kit. 

Social Media Resource
Twitter logo white bird on blue background

These Tweet ideas coordinate well with resources we’ve featured in this ONE Heart Healthy Toolkit.