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Routt County CSU Extension: Make a DASH for healthy eating in 2014

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• The DASH Eating Plan is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and focuses on consuming low-fat and fat-free dairy products, along with nuts, seeds, dry beans and limited amounts of lean meats, poultry and fish.

• Compared to the typical American diet, the DASH Eating Plan is lower in saturated fat, cholesterol, total fat and sodium and higher in potassium, magnesium, fiber and protein.

• DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, but it is recommended as an overall healthy eating plan.

• For more DASH Eating Plan details and easy-to-follow charts, visit http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/dash_brief.pdf.

I love the beginning of a new year and all of its potential for a fresh start. At this time of the year, I frequently am asked for dietary advice as people strive to make the coming year the healthiest ever. While I am reluctant to recommend a one-size-fits-all diet, I do have a recommendation for those of you who want to eat healthier in 2014 — the DASH Eating Plan.