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Heart-Smart Shopping: Fish Counter Facts (VIDEO)

On February 21, 2013 | At 9:08 am

Today we visit the fish section of the supermarket in our Heart-Smart Shopping Video Series.

We’ve all heard that fish is good for our hearts, but why?

In this video, Teller Stalfort, registered dietitian with UVA’s Heart and Vascular Center, tours the fish department, teaching us:

  • What types of fish to choose
  • The unique nutritional benefits of fish
  • How farmed is different than wild
  • Why flash frozen fish is best
  • That canned fish is healthy, too

We’ve discussed grocery store basics, how to read a cereal label, how to pick out produce, and grains, nuts and seeds, in our first four videos.

Look for the rest of our heart-healthy shopping series on the blog throughout February. We’ll go section by section through the market with Stalfort getting the details on what to choose and what to lose in dairy, meat and poultry.

Remember, UVA nutritionists can help any Heart Center patient. Ask your cardiologist at your next appointment.

 
 

Win Free Food: Sticks Kebob Shop!

On February 20, 2013 | At 9:22 am

Win a Gift Card

If you’re like us, you love the heart-healthy and tasty food options from Sticks Kebob Shop.

Heart Month contestNow’s your chance to win a $25 gift card to Sticks!

It’s easy to enter:

  • Paste a link to your favorite heart-healthy recipe in a comment below
  • Tell us why you like the recipe

There are two chances to win.

What’s your favorite recipe?

Contest Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. To enter, leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite heart-healthy recipe and an explanation of why you like the recipe by Thursday, February 28, 2013. One entry per person. Open to legal U.S. residents 18 years or older who live in the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro or Staunton or the counties of Albemarle, Nelson, Greene, Fluvanna, Augusta, Orange or Louisa. One (1) prize will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries. Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received. Winners will be notified via email. Winner is responsible for complying with any applicable federal or state laws pertaining to taxes, Medicaid and Medicare. Winner agrees to have his or her name shared via this website and other UVA Health System websites.
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Heart-Smart Shopping: Picking Out Produce (VIDEO)

On February 19, 2013 | At 8:50 am

Today we visit the produce section of the supermarket in our Heart-Smart Shopping Video Series.

Teller Stalfort, registered dietitian with UVA’s Heart and Vascular Center, shares the importance of fruits and vegetables in your diet and a few tips to get you eating more of them.

In this video, you’ll learn which foods can help lower cholesterol, which colors to choose and when it’s better to choose frozen and canned produce over fresh.

Remember, UVA nutritionists can help any Heart Center patient. Ask your cardiologist at your next appointment.

 

 

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Heart-Smart Shopping: Nuts, Grains, Beans and Seeds, Oh My! (VIDEO)

On February 14, 2013 | At 10:14 am

Today we visit the grains section of the supermarket in our Heart-Smart Shopping Video Series.

This time, Teller Stalfort, registered dietitian with UVA’s Heart and Vascular Center, shows us what to look for in grains and lentils when shopping for heart health.

In this video, she explains whole grains, the nutritional difference between white and brown rice, the benefits of flax seed and the appropriate serving size when it comes to nuts.

 

 

Remember, UVA nutritionists can help any Heart Center patient. Ask your cardiologist at your next appointment.

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Share Your Favorite Healthy Recipe, Win a Sticks Gift Card!

On February 11, 2013 | At 7:40 am

We share heart-healthy recipes with you every month. Now, we want you to share!

Gift cardLeave a comment on this post and you’ll be eligible to win one of two $25 gift cards from Sticks Kebob Shop (locations in Charlottesville, Richmond and Williamsburg).

Here are the requirements:

  • Include a link to your favorite heart-healthy recipe
  • Make sure to tell us and other readers why you like the recipe

Two entries will be randomly selected for the gift cards.

We can’t wait to see what you have to share!

Contest Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase or payment of any kind will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. To enter, leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite heart-healthy recipe and an explanation of why you like the recipe by Thursday, February 28, 2013. One entry per person. Open to legal U.S. residents 18 years or older who live in the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro or Staunton or the counties of Albemarle, Nelson, Greene, Fluvanna, Augusta, Orange or Louisa. One (1) prize will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries. Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received. Winners will be notified via email. Winner is responsible for complying with any applicable federal or state laws pertaining to taxes, Medicaid and Medicare. Winner agrees to have his or her name shared via this website and other UVA Health System websites.

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Cholesterol: Let’s Talk Numbers

On February 5, 2013 | At 8:08 am

Did you know one-third of Americans have elevated cholesterol, and many don’t even realize it?

There are no symptoms for high cholesterol, but potentially serious consequences. That’s why it’s important to know your cholesterol numbers.There are no symptoms for high cholesterol, which causes buildup in the arteries and can lead to heart disease and heart attack.

That’s why it’s important to know your numbers: Your cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

We have information that can help:

Don’t know your cholesterol levels? Getting to know your numbers is easy. To schedule a heart risk assessment, find a primary care provider in your community.

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Heart Month Is Coming!

On January 25, 2013 | At 8:34 am

February is right around the corner, and that means we’re turning our focus to your heart.

Heart Month is Coming in FebruaryFor Heart Month, we’ve got:

  • Entertaining and informative videos to help you navigate your next grocery store trip.
  • A heart-healthy recipe you can make at home, shared by our cafeteria staff.
  • A reminder to Know Your Number (that’s your blood pressure and cholesterol)

Plus, we’re partnering with Club Red to bring you a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards for Sticks Kebob Shop!

And be sure to check the Club Red site in February for events like Hoop for Your Heart and a panel discussion and Zumba class at the Paramount.

Happy Heart Month from the Blog Team!

 
 

Heart Tips You Can Use Now!

On March 20, 2012 | At 10:50 am

You asked for it!

Hearth Month Tip Sheet

Download this PDF to get 30 easy-to-follow heart tips!

In February, we gave you a heart tip every day on the blog.

Some of you asked it if would be possible to put all those tips into one easy-to-find location, so we created this heart tip sheet (PDF) that you can print out and put on your refrigerator at home or bulletin board at work.

We hope you find this tip sheet useful, and be sure to keep sending us your ideas!

Happy Heart Health,

The UVA Health Blog Team

 

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We Have Blog Contest Winners!

On March 2, 2012 | At 3:54 pm

Thank you for commenting during Heart Month! Two of our readers won great prizes!

Heart Month Contest WinnersLaura I. Fekishazy: First prize, a $100 gift certificate to The Happy Cook in Charlottesville.

Sherry Comer: Second prize, a $50 gift certificate to Sticks Kebob Shop in Charlottesville.

We hope you all continue reading, enjoying and sharing the blog! Be on the lookout for more contests later this year on the blog and Facebook.

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Heart Month Tip 29: The Replacements

On February 29, 2012 | At 12:29 pm

Try out these alternatives when you’re cooking dinner:

Celebrating Heart Month

Celebrating Heart Month

  • When baking brownies or a cake, use applesauce instead of oil. If the recipe calls for ¼ cup of oil, just use ¼ cup of no sugar-added applesauce. Find more healthy substitutions for your favorite recipes.
  • Try switching from coffee to green tea. It has a lot of antioxidants that help maintain good health.
  • Oil it Up! Experiment with lots of different kinds of oils, many of them with fun flavors and a variety of health benefits, like flaxseed oil and coconut oil.
  • Try turkey instead of beef, or even use meat substitutes to reduce fat in your diet.

Enter the Contest!

What replacements do you use for healthier cooking? Comment below for your chance to win a fabulous prize from our Heart Month contest.