The DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that is designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension). The DASH diet plan was developed to lower blood pressure without medication in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Studies show that following DASH and eating less sodium can help you lower your blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Learn more about the science behind the DASH eating plan and why it works.

Moving to heart healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult.  Learn how to make DASH work for you with these easy tips for making more heart-healthy food choices.

Following DASH means you’ll be eating delicious food that’s also good for you. Not sure where to start? These DASH menus have seven days of healthy, nutritious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack ideas. Menus are based on eating 2,000 calories a day; remember to increase or decrease serving sizes for other calorie levels.