Session 9. Healthy Heart

The Physicians Committee

Session 9. Healthy Heart

Aim: To help participants understand how food choices influence heart health.


  • Attendance sheet
  • Chapter 9: Healthy Heart from Nutrition Education Curriculum DVD
  • AV equipment to show DVD
  • Extension cord
  • Large writing surface and writing tool
  • Paper/pens for group members

Welcome and Introductions:

  • Pass around attendance sheet.
  • Ask participants (one by one) to discuss their successes and challenges of the past week.


DVD (11:51): “Keeping a Healthy Heart” from A New Approach to Nutrition for Diabetes: Section A, Segment 5

The DVD covers:

  • Dean Ornish’s study using vegetarian foods and other lifestyle factors to reverse heart disease
  • LDL, HDL, and triglycerides, and how foods affect them

Lecture and Discussion (15 minutes):

  • Discuss some foods that support heart health (beans and other legumes, and oatmeal for example).
  • Discuss how fiber helps the body eliminate cholesterol.

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