Many factors affect your chance of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Some of these risk factors can’t be changed (family history, age and gender). But, if you watch what you eat and stay active, you can improve your blood fat levels, control your weight and reduce high blood pressure.

Use this resource, made by Preventive Cardiology Registered Dietitians, to help you to live a heart-healthy life.


  • The Road to a Healthy Heart Runs through the Kitchen, by Joe and Bernie Piscatella, Workman Publishing, 2005.

  • The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 9th Edition, Clarkson Potter, 2017

  • American Heart Association Low-Salt Cookbook, 4th Edition, Clarkson Potter, 2013

  • American Heart Association Quick and Easy Cookbook, 2nd Edition, Clarkson Potter, 2012

  • American Heart Association Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 1st Edition, Harmony, 2012

  • The Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association, 2nd Edition, 2014.

  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet, Tessman &Green, 1st Edition, Alpha, 2010

  • The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, Nancy Harmen Jenkins,1st Edition, Bantam, 2008

  • The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, Amy Riolo, 1st Edition, American Diabetes Association,2010

  • Eat, Drink and Weigh Less, Katzen & Willett, 1st Edition, Hachette Books, 2007

  • Eating Well 500 Calorie Dinners, Price & Micco, Countryman Press, 2010

  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman, 10th Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living, Bennett & Sammartano, 2ndEdition, Alpha, 2012

  • The Great Vegan Bean Book, Hester& Comet, 2nd Edition, Fair Winds Press, 2013

  • Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook, 2nd Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005

Magazines (with free healthy online recipes)

Web Sites

Who to Call

If you are a UW Health patient and have more questions, please call UW Health at one of the phone numbers below. You can also visit our website at

Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500

Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.