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Barbara Dehn: Ready, Set, DASH -- Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

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What is the DASH diet? Is this something for Olympic Track and Field athletes? You'll be hearing more about this type of nutrition this year. DASH is the acryonym for the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, (DASH). This is a nutritional approach that has been proven to lower high blood pressure in just 14 days!

The DASH diet is based on an eating plan rich in fruits and vegetables, and low-fat or non-fat dairy. The DASH diet was studied as early as 1976 when 88,500 nurses were followed for 24 years and had their diets assessed according to DASH. Those who had followed the DASH diet had a 24% reduced risk for coronary heart disease, an 18% reduction in stroke related incidents and reduced blood pressure.

Who recommends DASH:

*The National Institutes of Health
*The American Heart Association
*The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
*US guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure
and, the DASH diet formed the basis for the new USDA MyPyramid,

For more information see: http://dashdiet.org/

Barb Dehn is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years of experience. She lectures at Stanford, is an in-demand national speaker and appears regularly on ABC's View from the Bay in San Francisco. Barb has dedicated herself to Empowering Women with Information that's practical, funny and to the point.

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