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.
- Teach clients/patients how to take advantage of the Heart-Check mark by using the resources and teaching activities detailed on this page.
- Take a look at the list of Heart-Check certified foods and jot down a few that you plan to buy during your next shopping trip. Try it for yourself so you can recommend certified foods based on experience.
- Let clients/patients know about the variety of product categories in which they will find the Heart-Check mark. Tell them how to look for heart-healthy foods throughout the grocery store and encourage them to try something new.
- Share with your clients/patients that the Heart-Check mark simplifies the process of interpreting the Nutrition Facts label because it represents a “bundling” of criteria. This usually includes total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium and beneficial nutrients, which are all important in determining if a food can be part of a healthy diet.
- Share how you use the Heart-Check mark in your practice or in the community. Use hashtag #HeartCheckMark on Twitter or post a comment on our Facebook page.