SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2006 – What’s for dinner? Check out this year’s Swedish Heart Diet for ideas to answer that daily question. This free 30-page booklet contains dozens of recipes for a range of heart-healthy dishes and can now be picked up at any QFC store in the Greater Seattle area.
The 2006 Swedish Heart Diet also includes tips on how to reduce risk for developing heart disease and features a handy two-week menu planner to help take some of the guesswork out of preparing nutritious balanced meals.
This year’s booklet is the 19th-edition of the recipe guide, which is compiled and updated annually by clinical nutrition specialists at Swedish Medical Center. It was first published in 1987 in answer to the rising incidence of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, this year an estimated 1.1 million Americans will have heart attacks, 700,000 will suffer strokes and about 450,000 will die as a result of cardiovascular disease. The Swedish Heart Diet is designed to raise awareness of the associated risks of heart disease and promote the basics of a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the month of February, the booklets will be available at all Seattle-area QFC stores. Copies can also be found at all Swedish Physicians clinics, all Swedish Medical Center campuses and at Seattle Heart and Vascular Institute affiliate hospitals (Highline Community Hospital in Burien, Stevens Healthcare in Edmonds and Valley Medical Center in Renton). People can also request a copy by calling 1-800-SWEDISH (1-800-793-3474) or via the Web at www.swedish.org
The Seattle Heart and Vascular Institute at Swedish Medical Center is a regional network of physicians at hospitals and clinics across the Puget-Sound region. It offers a broad spectrum of cardiovascular-care services – from surgical and interventional procedures to the latest advances in heart-disease prevention, diagnosis and cardiovascular health and wellness. The Institute includes almost 20 member clinics and four medical-center affiliates, including Swedish Medical Centers at First Hill, Ballard and Providence; Stevens Hospital in Edmonds; Highline Community Hospital in Burien, and Valley Medical Center in Renton. For more information, visit www.swedish.org or call 1-800-SWEDISH (1-800-793-3474).