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Heart Health Nutrition & Fitness Programs

At NYU Langone’s Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, we know that proper nutrition and exercise are critical to maintaining and improving your cardiovascular health. We offer two programs to help you improve your overall wellness: our Heart Healthy Nutrition Program and Exercise Physiology Program.

Heart Healthy Nutrition Program

In our Heart Healthy Nutrition Program, you receive a customized meal plan that complements your medical treatment and helps you reach your wellness goals.

Our program is tailored for people at risk for or who have received a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease or diabetes, or who have excess body weight or obesity. You learn how to make healthy food choices that can help control high cholesterol and high blood pressure, manage metabolic syndrome or diabetes, and help you achieve your weight loss or weight management goals.

During your initial consultation, you meet with our registered dietitian to discuss your medical and diet history and your social habits. We then help you find ways to adapt a healthier way of eating into your day-to-day life. With your approval, our dietitian talks to your doctor before and after your appointment to ensure the best approach to your cardiovascular health.

With our meal plans, you won’t feel deprived, should not feel hungry, and can eat out or cook at home. We provide meal and snack ideas based on your budget and taste preferences and can provide food coaching to support you as you adopt a new way of eating. Our meal plans incorporate aspects of these heart-healthy diet plans:

  • Mediterranean diet, which focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and monounsaturated fats
  • Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, also known as DASH, a low-sodium program that emphasizes vegetables, fruit, and low-fat dairy and protein sources
  • American Diabetes Association dietary guidelines, which focus on portion control and limiting meat and foods high in starch, such as potatoes and corn
  • Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet, developed by the National Cholesterol Education Program, which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol

We recommend meeting with the dietitian regularly, so you can receive consistent support and guidance as you adapt to a new way of eating. We accept a variety of major health insurance plans. We recommend you contact your health insurance provider to confirm whether nutrition counseling is covered under your plan. If your plan does not cover medical nutrition therapy or if you do not have health insurance, we are pleased to offer a reduced self-pay rate. Please call 212-263-0855 for further information and pricing.

Our Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitian Melissa Alazraki, RDN, helps people make sustainable changes to reduce their risk of heart disease and promote better overall health by taking an approach that is fully centered on the patient.

Exercise Physiology Program

Physical fitness and regular exercise are of great importance to your overall health, and research shows that physical activity has a positive effect on cardiovascular health. Our experts can help you incorporate exercise into your daily routine, provide practical advice on starting and maintaining an exercise routine, and offer guidance in choosing the right types of exercise for your body and age.

Our Exercise Physiology Program is led by a doctor who assesses your current fitness level and develops an exercise prescription to help you improve your strength and stamina. This is done in collaboration with your doctor and dietitian.

Our Exercise Physiologist

Dr. Sean P. Heffron directs the Exercise Physiology Program. Dr. Heffron is a cardiologist with expertise in obesity treatment, disease prevention, exercise, and nutrition. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Heffron has a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology.

Contact Us

To make an appointment for either a nutrition or exercise consultation, please call 212-263-0855.