Using the Heart-Check Mark with Your Clients or Patients

Updated:Nov 12,2013

Your clients/patients want fast, easy solutions for eating healthy. They may ask you which foods are better choices. The Heart-Check mark helps eliminate the guesswork and guides them toward foods that meet the nutrition requirements for certification. It’s one of many useful resources offered by the American Heart Association.  

Your clients/patients trust your nutrition guidance, and, as always, you can trust the American Heart Association as your go-to source for matters related to heart health. You are the key to showing your clients/patients how to take the first step to improve their eating habits.

By combining the Heart-Check mark with your expert guidance, even small changes can result in improvements in heart health for your clients/patients. The Heart-Check mark is a powerful tool to keep them motivated to succeed.

Getting Practical with the Heart-Check mark
Incorporate the Heart-Check handouts and teaching activities into conversations with your clients/patients to get them started on the path to healthier eating.

Heart-Check Handouts

  • PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE: As a health professional, you know that making a plan goes a long way to achieving success, in this case adopting healthy behaviors. The “My action plan for heart health” handout in this toolkit can help facilitate the discussion about goal-setting between you and your clients/patients. The exercise will help jump-start their efforts by identifying action steps they can take to develop healthier eating habits. We recommend starting with easy short-term goals — for example, ask them to crunch on certified nuts instead of chips. Once they’re on a roll and start gaining confidence, have them work up to longer-term goals, like getting sodium intake down to less than 1,500 milligrams a day.
  • TEACHING ACTIVITY: When reviewing daily food records kept by your clients/patients, use examples of Heart-Check certified foods to demonstrate good alternatives. The list of heart-healthy certified foods is updated regularly. Incorporate these food changes into their “My Action Plan for Heart Health” handout so that changes can be implemented over time rather than all at once.
  • RESOURCE: With My Life Check, available free at heart.org/mylifecheck, your clients/patients can receive a personalized heart assessment and customized life plan that identifies seven goals for a heart-healthy lifestyle.


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