For many improving heart health should start with…

For many, improving heart health should start with reading labels — nutrition information and ingredients for the foods we eat. That’s the lesson Laurie Sween and Suzanne Vogt of The Hope Heart Institute wanted to make sure we took home from their activity table.

Hope Heart Institute and UW Engineered Biomaterials :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

To help us get the message, they brought their “lard lesson,” which helped visualize the fat in food and its effect on our bodies, our blood vessels especially.

Hope Heart Institute and UW Engineered Biomaterials :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Cheerfully but seriously, we were invited to participate in an activity with turkey basters — one with fat in it, the other not. By pumping these, we could get a feel for how much harder it is for our hearts to pump blood if we’ve eaten unhealthy, fatty foods.

 

Hope Heart Institute and UW Engineered Biomaterials :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

Suzanne Vogt and Laurie Sween of The Hope Heart Institute

 

About The Hope Heart Institute

The Hope Heart Institute has a 50-year history of revolutionary medical advances and educational curricula that make heart disease – America’s No. 1 cause of death – more treatable, beatable, and preventable. The mission of the Hope Heart Institute is serving humanity through cardiovascular research and education. For more, visit http://www.hopeheart.org/.

By Brian Glanz for NWABR. Please reuse and remix! We share with a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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