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ARLINGTON, VA (PRWEB) November 19, 2014

Seafood Nutrition Partnership announced the initial findings from Eating Heart Healthy, a pilot program designed to help women understand and mitigate their risk of heart disease through a seafood-rich diet: 92% of participants were shown to have lowered their risk of sudden cardiac death.

At the launch of the Boston-based pilot program in June 2014, participants were medically tested for baseline levels of Omega-3, an important supporting nutrient for heart health, found primarily in fish and seafood. Participants were re-tested for Omega-3 levels in October 2014, following three months of implementing a heart-healthy diet rich in seafood. The post-program measurement revealed that more than 9 in 10 women participating in the program had improved their Omega-3 Index, and nearly 6 in 10 had moved into a lower cardiac risk quadrant, based on a scale developed by OmegaQuant and outlined in a study by CM Albert, et al, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

The Eating Heart Healthy pilot program is being conducted by Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a national non-profit advocating a seafood-rich diet to help address Americas public health crisis, in partnership with Brigham & Womens Hospital (BWH), a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School; and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard (RTH), an affordable-housing community for low- and moderate-income families. Over a period of four weeks, female RTH residents participated in heart-health talks and cooking demonstrations. Equipped with newfound heart-health knowledge, participants came away with recipes to feed a family of four for $ 10 per meal; sample Omega-3 capsules; and follow-up informational support via text, newsletter and social media.

The objective of the Eating Heart Healthy program is to help women learn to incorporate healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods into daily meals, with the goal of increasing awareness of heart health and lowering their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death for women in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services dietary guidelines recommend that Americans eat seafood twice per weeka level shown to reduce risks of dying from CVD by 36%, according the Journal of the American Medical Associationonly 20% of Americans currently consume seafood at this level.

Dr. JoAnne Foody, medical director for both the Pollin Cardiovascular Wellness Center at BWH and the Eating Heart Healthy program, said, Following a Mediterranean diet rich in seafood can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 30 to 50 percent. The initial outcomes of our program have borne this out.

The results achieved by the first Eating Heart Healthy cohort are clinically significant, added Dr. William Harris, president of OmegaQuant, maker of the Omega-3 Index test. They have shown that having knowledge of baseline Omega-3 levels is a good motivator towards increased seafood consumption.

RTH Executive Director Karen Gately stated, I am impressed with the health improvements achieved over a short period of time and look forward to sustaining these results with our Eating Heart Healthy partners.

We are excited to bring, within a clinical setting, a wealth of seafood nutrition knowledge to people who need it most, said Linda Cornish, executive director of Seafood Nutrition Partnership. The program demonstrates that adding seafood to ones diet can be a simple, affordable and enjoyable way to help prevent chronic diseases.

Ms. Cornish continued, We couldnt have achieved the success of our pilot program without our in-kind donors: Hyatt Regency Boston, which donated the time of Chef Kelly Armetta, who led our cooking sessions; Stavis Seafoods, which donated flash-frozen seafood; American Marine Ingredients, which provided samples of 54 Degrees North Omega-3 capsules; and Colavita, which provided olive oil.

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About Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about the essential nutritional benefits of eating seafood. Through its education efforts, the organization aims to help Americans gain the skills to select, order and prepare fish and shellfish, and to inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood. SNP is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the NCD Roundtable. More information is available at SeafoodNutrition.org.







Uniform Advantage Partners with Action for Healthy Kids to Help Fight against Diabetes


Plantation, FL (PRWEB) November 04, 2014

According to Action for Healthy Kids, one in three kids is overweight or obese — putting them at risk for diabetes and other serious health issues. If this trend continues, this generation will be the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents. This is a very scary statistic as it reflects our culture and society in the last 10 years. Parents are working longer hours or multiple jobs and less time is being spent with their kids. As a result, they do not play outside enough or are less involved in extracurricular activities and the pace that technology and electronics have advanced, they are now consumed with these instead.

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but children, teens or young adults are diagnosed more than adults by this condition. The body makes little or no insulin and daily injections of insulin are required.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage donated $ 1 from the sale of each of its Diabetes Awareness White prints and will be contributing over $ 2,500.00 to help fight against Diabetes in kids. Giselle Butler, SEO Analyst/Project Manager said “Charities involving kids always need help with greater exposure and funding. Uniform Advantage is excited to be involved and do our part as this is the next generation after us!”

Game On

Action for Healthy Kids Game On program is designed to challenge Americas schools, their staff, students and families to make a daily choice of including healthy food choices in their diet and physical activities. Why? Because healthy kids learn better. AFHKs signature school wellness program, Game On equips schools with the resources and information to earn healthy-school certification through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognition program. A detailed evaluation of the Game On program revealed that:


84% of students reported increasing their physical activity levels before school
88% of students reported increasing their physical activity after school
Kids demonstrated that they knew what foods to eat and made better food choices at home and at school
95% of schools made changes to their wellness practices as a result of Game On

About Action for Healthy Kids

Founded in 2002 by former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In 2013, AFHK programs impacted more than 29,000 schools and 12.9 million children. AFHKs work is augmented by 80,000+ dedicated volunteers and champions, collaboration with a national partner coalition of more than 90 organizations, and in-depth knowledge of producing transformative change to make Every Kid Healthy.

About Uniform Advantage

Uniform Advantage is a leading retailer of scrubs and medical uniforms. Founded in 1985, the company operates out of Plantation, Florida and ships from their distribution center near Atlanta, Georgia. It has grown to include 29 retail stores located in key cities across the U.S., a catalog division and an entity dedicated to the online market.

For more information and to view their garments, visit the Uniform Advantage web site at http://www.UniformAdvantage.com or call 800-283-8708.







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