Session 17. Hypertension

The Physicians Committee

Session 17. Hypertension

Aim: To equip participants with knowledge on how foods affect blood pressure.


  • Attendance sheet
  • Chapter 17: Hypertension 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 (5:09): “Healthy Blood Pressure” from The Power of Food: Session 7

The DVD covers:

  • Systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Goals (normal range)
  • Managing hypertension
    • Sodium and potassium
    • Fat
    • The benefits of vegetables and fruits
    • Vegetarian diets
  • DASH diet

Note: For more information, you may wish to read pages 163-166 of Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.

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