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Webinar: Hearts Matter — Using evidence based nutrition to develop heart healthy foodservice menus

female nurse with stethoscope around her neck and a red paper cut out heart in her chest pocket

February is heart health month – a great time to think about how to incorporate more heart-healthy foods into your menus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease remains the leading cause of death among Americans. As a healthcare foodservice professional, you play an important role in promoting heart health for your residents and patients. And serving up heart-healthy foods and meals doesn’t have to sacrifice taste or be complicated! In this webinar, registered dietitian and chef, Abbie Gellman, will discuss evidence-based nutrition strategies to promote heart health, review the principles of heart-healthy diet patterns including the Mediterranean and DASH diets, and highlight foods with heart health-promoting properties. Chef Abbie will help you put this information to practice giving you ideas for your foodservice menus that promote heart health and deliver great taste!

Objectives: 
  • Learn about evidence-based nutrition for heart health 
  • Understand the principles of dietary patterns associated with heart health such as the Mediterranean and DASH diet 
  • Identify foods with heart health promoting properties 
  • Gain culinary inspiration to help you build menu solutions to promote heart health for your residents and patients 

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Guest Speaker:

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS RD CDN standing in front of a scenic background

Chef Abbie Gellman, MS RD CDN is a spokesperson, recipe and product developer, educator, nationally recognized culinary nutrition expert, and Director of Teaching Kitchen and Culinary Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital. She creates, produces, and hosts cooking and nutrition videos and works with a wide variety of food companies/brands, commodity boards, foodservice operators, health professionals, and private clients. She has three published cookbooks and appears in local and regional broadcast media and contributes to many publications as both an expert and an author. She is the consulting “Better for You” R&D Chef/RD for the private company Happi Foodi and has created two lines of healthy frozen meals for them under the WalMart Better For You Great Value brand and the Happi Foodi brand; both can currently be found at WalMart. Abbie lives in NYC with her daughter, Olivia, and many shelves of cookbooks. Learn more about her at ChefAbbieGellman.com and connect with her via @ChefAbbieGellman on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Pinterest.

This webinar is pending approval for 1 continuing education credit by the following organizations: Commission on Dietetic Registration for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (CDR), The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP), and the American Culinary Federation (ACF).