A Little DASH Will Do

The American Heart Association estimates that more than 81,100,000 people in the United States have at least one form of cardiovascular disease – and this number is still on the rise. It's time to take control of your health. Your first step? Put a little DASH in your life!

DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a healthy lifestyle plan developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels without the need for medication. This invigorating program focuses on reaching and maintaining a healthy weight by:

  • Reducing sodium
  • Regular exercise
  • Smoking cessation
  • Moderation of alcohol

High Blood Pressure = Increased Risk!

High blood pressure not only increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, but is especially dangerous because there are no obvious symptoms. Stress, high sodium intake and pre-existing medical conditions all play a role in high blood pressure. While the condition cannot be cured, high blood pressure can be prevented. Are you at risk? Here are your next steps:

  • Visit your doctor. Your health care provider will discuss your individual health needs and help pave the way to good health.
  • Get active! Make time with friends and family both healthy and fun.
  • Put a little DASH in it. Incorporate this plan into your daily diet and stop high blood pressure dead in its tracks

High blood pressure often leads to various forms of cardiovascular disease, has become a national epidemic. The culprit? Sodium. Health professionals are saying that there is now overwhelming evidence that we must treat sodium reduction as a critical public health priority. So, what's the recommended daily sodium intake? The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) advises less than 2.4 grams (2,400 mg), or 1 teaspoon, of table salt a day. Speak to your provider for individual advice on your recommended sodium intake.

Learn foods that you should choose and foods you should avoid according to a low-salt diet.

PDF iconDownload and print this fact sheet.