What is DASH?

Proper nutrition and exercise are fundamental to good health. That’s why SOMOS has adopted the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet – and tailored it to acknowledge the dietary and cultural preferences of our Chinese and Latino communities as well as budgetary constraints – to support our Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Asthma and Chronic Disease projects.

The DASH diet
emphasizes eating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables while limiting salt and sugar. Study after study has shown it can also reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, heart failure, and diabetes. DASH is an effective way to lose weight. In 2017, it was rated again the best overall diet in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual diet ranking – the seventh consecutive year it has won the top spot.

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I am a chef and advocate for healthy eating, and I have seen my life and health positively transformed by the healthy lifestyle choices I've made. Through my education and personal experience, I have learned to believe in food as both nourishment and medicine, and it is my mission to spread the word.

The Food As Medicine DASH blog is a space where I will share my experiences and am open to learn about yours. Let us take advantage of this platform to exchange information and to educate ourselves about the benefit of a healthy lifestyle. In this blog you will find healthy recipes, transformation testimonies, healthy living advice, easy exercise tips, and...encouragement!

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