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Heart Healthy Nutrition Program

At NYU Langone’s Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, we believe that proper nutrition is critical to maintaining and improving cardiovascular health. Through our Heart Healthy Nutrition Program, our registered dietitian creates a customized meal plan that complements your medical treatment and helps you reach your wellness goals.

Diet and Heart Health

What you eat can have a significant impact on your overall health and wellbeing. A dietitian 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.

There is no one eating plan that works for everyone. We talk extensively with you 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 Nutritional Approach

With our meal plans, you won’t feel like you’re on a diet. You won’t feel deprived and should not feel hungry, and you 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, one-hour consultation, you meet with our dietitian to discuss your medical, social, and diet history. A meal plan is custom-tailored to your dietary needs and wellness goals. With your approval, our dietitian talks to your doctor before and after your appointment to ensure the best approach to your overall cardiovascular health.

After your initial appointment, we find that returning twice a month provides the consistent support and guidance you need to adapt to your new way of eating.

Our Registered Dietitian

Arielle LebenArielle Leben, MS, RD, CDN, specializes in working with patients who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or gastrointestinal conditions, or who are overweight or obese. 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.

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