DASH for Health Frequently Asked Questions

Does DASH for HealthTM give personal medical advice?

No. Although a team of doctors and nutritionists created the DASH for HealthTM Program, we can’t know as much about you as your personal health care providers do. So you should continue to rely on their advice for your personal health care. But our nutrition advice is based on the DASH diet, which is a well-balanced way of eating that is consistent with general nutrition guidelines. The DASH diet is recommended by the American Heart Association and is a part of health guidelines all around the world. However, if you have a specific concern about your personal needs (does DASH suit my medications, other medical conditions, good for my pregnancy, etc.), we advise you to discuss the DASH dietary pattern with your personal physician.

What kind of exercise advice does DASH for HealthTM provide? 

We provide exercise advice for all levels and fitness goals. So you’ll find advice (based on sound and safe medical evidence) whether you are a couch-potato who is interested in starting back into exercise, a week-end athlete who wants to stay fit and avoid injuries, or if you are a competitive athlete who wants to know how shave off some seconds or crank up your speed.

How much personal interaction will I have with the DASH Team? 

This program is web-based so that you have total access to it whenever you choose. We will always welcome your comments and suggestions, and are committed to answering questions from DASH users by email. You can do this using the “Send Us a Question” tool.

What is the minimum amount I need to do in order to participate in the DASH for HealthTM Program? 

The only thing you HAVE to do in order to participate in the Program is enroll. The program is designed for people with busy lifestyles, so that you can participate at any level you wish. We believe that the more time you put into the program, the more you will get out of it, but there are no minimum participation requirements. You will not be “dropped” from enrollment for not participating. You will continue to get email reminders when new information is posted on the web site as long as you remain enrolled. If you choose, you can also remove yourself from the enrollment list at any time.

Can I follow DASH if I am a vegetarian? 

Yes, DASH can be adapted to a vegetarian eating pattern. In fact, the DASH diet was originally created based on a vegetarian diet because we know that vegetarians tend to have lower blood pressures. The diet used in the research that demonstrated the efficacy of DASH did include animal protein foods, such as meat, poultry, fish, and dairy foods. But we are confident that similar health benefits can be obtained using vegetable sources of protein and dairy foods. Remember that DASH includes lots of fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy foods, and limited added fats and oils. These recommendations are the same for vegetarians and fish, meat, and poultry eaters. In order to meet your DASH food goals for meats we suggest you substitute with the nuts, seeds and legumes category. Simply add your recommended servings of meat to your recommended servings of legumes and aim for that goal every day.

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