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Editor's e-Note
Genetics Don’t Always Decide Heart Disease Fate

Dietitians know that individuals who exercise regularly and eat healthfully can reduce their risk of heart disease and add more years to their lives.

But in this month’s E-News Exclusive, Today’s Dietitian (TD) reports on a new genetic risk tool that actually quantifies the number of heart disease–free years a person can gain if they live a healthful lifestyle, according to study findings from the American Heart Association. What’s more, TD provides a comprehensive list of healthful snack ideas dietitians can share with clients looking for creative ways to continue eating heart healthy.

After reading the article, visit TD’s website at to read the digital edition of the February issue, which includes articles on body weight and hypertension, seafood innovations, RD farmers, counseling Hispanic clients, and combating pandemic-driven food insecurity in older adults.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

— Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Healthful Lifestyle Could Offset Genetics and Add Years of CVD-Free Living

People who follow seven rules for healthy living—such as staying physically active and eating a healthful diet—could offset a high genetic risk of heart disease, according to new research suggesting this could mean as many as 20 extra years of life free of heart disease.

The study, published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation, found people with high cumulative genetic risk scores for heart disease could dramatically lower that risk if they adhered to seven lifestyle modifications, called Life’s Simple 7. In addition to eating a heart-healthy diet and moving more, this includes not smoking, maintaining an appropriate weight, and keeping blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels well managed.

The findings aren’t the first to suggest lifestyle can give a person with high genetic risk a winning edge against heart disease, but they’re the first to use a new genetic risk tool to show how much disease-free living a person might gain by taking steps to reduce that risk, says lead study author Natalie Hasbani, MPH, a doctoral candidate and graduate research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

“It’s important to communicate these risks in a way that’s truly impactful,” she says, “to put it in terms of what the information can do for me.” Translating risk reduction into an absolute measure—years lived free of disease—is something more typically done in cancer treatment research, she says. “The hope is that hearing these numbers can convince people to change their behaviors.”

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Field Notes
Daily Yogurt Intake Associated With Lower Blood Pressure

A daily dose of yogurt could be a go-to food for people with high blood pressure, according to new research from the University of South Australia.

Conducted in partnership with the University of Maine, the study examined the associations between yogurt intake, blood pressure, and cardiovascular risk factors, finding that yogurt is associated with lower blood pressure for those with hypertension.

Globally, more than 1 billion people suffer from hypertension, putting them at greater risk of CVDs such as heart attack and stroke. CVDs are the leading cause of death worldwide—in the United States, one person dies from CVD every 36 seconds.

University of South Australia researcher Alexandra Wade, PhD, says this study provides new evidence that connects yogurt with positive blood pressure outcomes for people with hypertension.

“High blood pressure is the No. 1 risk factor for cardiovascular disease, so it’s important that we continue to find ways to reduce and regulate it,” Wade says. “Dairy foods, especially yogurt, may be capable of reducing blood pressure. This is because dairy foods contain a range of micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium, all of which are involved in the regulation of blood pressure. Yogurt is especially interesting because it also contains bacteria that promote the release of proteins which lowers blood pressure.”

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Other News
NYC Schools Launch Vegan Fridays
In the wake of the USDA’s new school nutrition standards, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced that the city’s school cafeterias, which already go meatless twice per week, will feature all-vegan menus each Friday, ABC News reports.

Texas Sues Influencer Who Misled Eating Disorder Patients
The Texas attorney general has filed suit against a former fitness influencer who misled consumers seeking her help with eating disorder recovery by recommending low-calorie diets for them, along with other questionable business practices, according to the Daily Mail.
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Master the Art of Indian Cooking

13th Annual TD10 Winners

Reducing Food Waste

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Tech & Tools
Go From Couch to 10K
The 10K Runner app, available for iOS and Android, is meant to guide novice runners from zero to 10K in 14 weeks. Users start with alternating walk/run intervals, increasing the running segments over time. They can run outside or on a treadmill, and the app integrates with popular health, GPS, and music apps. Learn more »

Goal Setting Based on Biomarkers
InsideTracker is an app-based program that creates personalized lifestyle recommendations for users based on DNA and blood analysis and habits. Users upload biometric data and their current lifestyle habits, which the program translates into nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle goals, including the strength of the research behind each recommendation and the expected impact meeting each goal will have. Learn more »
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