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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

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

To determine the plan that is right for you, we learn about your dietary habits and lifestyle, and then help you find ways to adapt a healthier way of eating into your day-to-day life.

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.