How health care professionals (HCPs) can advise on a heart-heathy diet and help fight the climate crisis

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) have a crucial role in advising patients on heart-healthy diets and contributing to the fight against the climate crisis. The American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes the importance of dietary patterns such as the Mediterranean, DASH, vegetarian/vegan, and plant-based diets, which align with their guidelines and have positive effects on cardiovascular health. HCPs can encourage behavior change towards these diets, which not only benefit human health but also have positive environmental impacts. However, effective communication is essential, as conveying sustainable nutrition information in a simple and accessible manner can be challenging amidst the abundance of misinformation. HCPs should focus on key messages to help patients adopt healthy and sustainable diets.