Tipsheet: Help Your Clients Change Their Eating Patterns for the Better

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Clinicians can help their clients with stage 1 hypertension adopt the DASH diet in the following ways:

  • Provide community resources for affordable produce.
  • Offer grocery store or farmer’s market tours and highlight potassium-rich fruits and vegetables.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate more whole grains in the diet.
  • Offer cooking lessons using plant-based protein sources.
  • Start a walking group for people with hypertension
  • Refer clients for stress management and smoking cessation

By Lisa Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

For more information about managing hypertension, drop by the post Changes in Diet Offer Best Defense in Hypertensive Patients.


Pengxiao C. Wei, M.P.H.; Brandon K. Bellows, Pharm.D., M.S.; Joanne Penko, M.S., M.P.H.; Susan Hennessy, Ph.D.; Dhruv S. Kazi, M.D., M.S.; Ross Boylan, Ph.D.; Andrew E. Moran, M.D., M.S.; and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D. American Heart Association. "Diet change may make biggest impact on reducing heart risk in people with hypertension." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 September 2022. <>.

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