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"Learn and Live."
That's the motto of the American Heart Association (AHA), which might strike you as innocuous at first, until you consider the alternative. Most of us are used to the age-old saying "Live and learn," but when you're providing care to people with preventable chronic disease, you realize very quickly that we don't have that luxury indefinitely. In the next 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) projects that heart disease deaths will increase sharply. In that same time, the AHA estimates that the percentage of the US population living with heart disease will reach over 40%. According to a recent estimate by the AHA, the cost of treating this preventable disease will skyrocket from $171 billion to $275 billion. These figures make it clear that if we want to keep living, and living well, we need to start learning how to protect our health.
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It's no secret that leafy green vegetables are at the head of the class when it comes to nutrition. No matter what your health goals, you will benefit by including more of them in your diet. The more common varieties, such as spinach, broccoli and bok choy, although highly nutritious, take a back seat when compared to what some refer to as "The King of Greens": Kale.
The nutritional highlights and culinary possibilities of kale are vast. Iron might be the first benefit that comes to your mind, but did you know that Kale is also an anti-inflammatory, making it especially beneficial for the heart? If one of your goals this year is to establish a more heart-healthy diet, be sure to incorporate kale into your daily meals. Read on to learn more of all that kale has to offer.
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“The link between animal products and heart disease is now very well documented. It's no surprise that half of all Americans develop heart disease, because the typical U.S. diet puts almost everyone at risk.”
“I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it's medically conservative to cut people open or put them on powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.”
-Dean Ornish, MD, head of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute in California
For your cooking delight we are bringing you our monthly cooking class recipes:
Feature! Quinoa Patties with Spicy Yogurt Sauce
Additional tasty recipes:
Noodle Bowl with Sesame Miso Dressing
Raw Broccoli Salad with Creamy Red Pepper Dressing
Almond Butter Granola
Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones