CDC gets cook­ing with healthy recipes

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion has a new pre­scrip­tion for you. But you’ll have to cook it yourself.

In con­junc­tion with Eat­ing Well mag­a­zine, the CDC re­cently launched the Healthy Eat­ing and Life­style Re­source Cen­ter. The collection of heart-healthy recipes and menu plans are aimed at re­duc­ing sodium in­take and is part of the Mil­lion Hearts ini­tia­tive to fight heart dis­ease and stroke.

The culi­nary web­site, recipes.mil­lion­hearts.hhs.gov, lets you browse hun­dreds of recipes by search term. You can also down­load a four­week menu plan based on how many pounds you want to lose per week.

Out­liers even found 22 recipes in­volv­ing choco­late, so it’s not all tofu and veg­gies. Chicken saute with mango sauce, per­haps? Or baked ap­ple-cin­na­mon french toast?

Ad­vanced search func­tions let you search by course, type of dish, to­tal time to pre­pare, serv­ings, cui­sine type or de­sired calo­ries per serv­ing. An­other set of search pa­ram­e­ters sorts by “life­style”: quick, budget, en­ter­tain­ing, kid-friendly, one-dish, veg­e­tar­ian, make-ahead, potluck or com­fort foods.

“This re­source helps people see that it’s not about giv­ing up the food you love, but choos­ing lower-sodium op­tions that taste great,” Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC di­rec­tor, said in a news re­lease. “Small changes can make a big dif­fer­ence. We could pre­vent 11 mil­lion cases of high blood pres­sure each year if ev­ery­one re­duced their daily sodium in­take to 2,300 mil­ligrams.”

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