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.
The program is led by a registered dietitian who is specially trained to teach you how to make healthy food choices that can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and help you control symptoms related to metabolic syndrome or diabetes.
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. 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
Our Dietary Approach
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.
During your initial consultation, you meet with our dietitian to discuss your medical, social, and diet history. With your approval, our dietitian talks to your doctor before and after your appointment to ensure the best approach to your cardiovascular health. We recommend meeting with the dietitian regularly, so you can receive consistent support and guidance as you adapt to a new way of eating.
Our Registered Dietitian
Arielle Leben, MS, RD, CDN, specializes in working with people who have received a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or gastrointestinal conditions, or who have excess body weight or obesity. She enjoys helping her patients make sustainable changes to reduce their risk of heart disease and promote better overall health and quality of life. Ms. Leben completed her training at NYU and Mount Sinai Hospital.
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.
To make an appointment for either a nutrition or exercise consultation, please call 212-263-0855.