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DASH to GSI Cafeterias in May

If you didn't get a chance to sample how tasty heart healthy eating can be in the February celebration of African American History Month, you're in luck. NIH cafeterias run by Guest Services Inc. (GSI) are going to be cooking up another round of special dishes from NHLBI's "Stay Young at Heart" program throughout May.

That's because May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The Stay-Young-at-Heart entrees are rich in fruits and vegetables, lowfat dairy products, and lower in saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol and sodium. They're like the dishes that successfully lowered blood pressure in the NHLBI-supported Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study. Copies of the DASH eating plan and recipe cards of the Stay-Young-at-Heart dishes will be free for the taking at the cafeterias. Also, anyone who buys a featured dish will get a special heart-healthy gift.

And that's not all: On May 12, Bldg. 10's B1 cafeteria will be the scene of a GSI cooking demonstration -- with free food samples -- and aerobics demonstrations. The aerobics sessions will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by instructors from the NIH fitness center. Those who join in will earn a free, 2-week pass to the fitness center.

The May celebration is sponsored by NHLBI, the NIH worksite health promotion action committee, and GSI.

This year, NHLBI is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the institute wants to give NIH'ers a gift -- a start on better heart health. So find out how to prevent and control high blood pressure. Lifestyle factors that lower blood pressure include eating a healthy diet, being physically active, limiting alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight.

For more on adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle, visit the NHLBI home page at http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/nhlbi/nhlbi.htm, or call the NHLBI Information Center at (301) 251-1222.


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