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American Heart Association® and DinnerTime

The American Heart Association® and DinnerTime tackle heart-healthy meals

The American Heart Association® is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. They team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

The American Heart Association® has teamed with DinnerTime to help people with heart disease and related health concerns enjoy heart-healthy meals that are as delicious as they are good for them!

Through its consumer and professional websites, newsletters, and social networks, the American Heart Association® is able to provide consumers, patients, and professionals with a month-long free trial of the DinnerTime system with the referral code: HEARTCHECK. In addition, for every five annual subscriptions using that code, DinnerTime is donating a subscription to a family in need through American Heart Association® programs focused on underserved communities.

Heart-Check Certified Foods and Recipes

As of May 20, 2016, DinnerTime has incorporated Heart-Check certified foods and recipes into its meal plan recommendations and shopping lists.  In addition to recommended meals that include these foods and recipes, members can search their DinnerTime Recipe Box using keywords such as heart and AHA, as well as find specific Heart-Check certified food and product options on their shopping list. The American Heart Association®’s Heart-Check Certification Program is widely recognized as the gold standard in helping consumers identify and choose heart-healthy foods and recipes.

Heart-Healthy Dietary Pattern

DinnerTime’s meal recommendation algorithm now incorporates the recently released American Heart Association® Heart-Healthy Dietary Plan. This dietary pattern is recommended for all members who indicate a concern with heart health, high blood pressure, or stroke, or who are referred by the American Heart Association®.

The American Heart Association® Heart-Healthy Dietary Pattern emphasizes a balance of nutrient dense foods, particularly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish, lean meats, legumes, non-tropical vegetable oils, and nuts. This Heart-Healthy Pattern limits added sugars, sodium, saturated fats, fatty meats, and processed foods. This Pattern is consistent with Mediterranean Style and the DASH dietary recommendations, and supports cardiovascular health.

DinnerTime automatically further refines meal recommendations based upon other health concerns, desire to lose weight, food allergies, and of course, tastes, time, budget, skill of the cook, and ‘what’s on sale this week’ at the member’s favorite grocery store. With more than 10 million potential meal recommendations, DinnerTime deliciously meets any family’s unique priorities!

To find the American Heart Association’s Scientific Statement about the Heart-Healthy Dietary Pattern, click here.

Disclaimer: Neither the American Heart Association® nor DinnerTime make any medical or other claims with regard to any individual’s usage of the DinnerTime meal planning system. Individuals with serious health issues and food allergies should always consult with a medical professional before choosing any dietary style, recipe, food, or product. While DinnerTime endeavors to make recommendations based upon publicly available data and generally well-accepted science, including science that has been published by the American Heart Association®, the user should always review such recommendations, recipes, foods, and products to ensure that they satisfy their specific requirements.

It is important to note that if an individual chooses recipes, foods, and products other than those which are recommended by the DinnerTime system based upon the user’s expressed preferences, there is a significant likelihood that such could include choices falling outside what would be optimal for such individual, and in some instances seriously violate important health considerations. Consumers should always review food labels, especially processed foods, to ensure that they are satisfied with such foods as meeting their requirements. Neither the American Heart Association® nor DinnerTime assume any liability for the usage of the DinnerTime system, nor the accuracy of any nutritional data of any meal recommendation, recipe, food, or product.