Health Professional Edition • Volume 4 • February 2011

Valentine's Day is always a time to indulge, so your clients are likely trying to find a balance between eating healthy and enjoying their favorite treats. At Sunsweet®, we know this isn't always easy, which is why we provide sweet, delicious and nutritious treats for your clients so they can enjoy each bite - guilt-free! Included in this newsletter are tips and resources for you to share with them.

Please join us as Sunsweet holds its second free webinar in the Healthy Living Series which will focus on antioxidants and the benefits of "super foods" led by Registered Dietitian Katherine Brooking.

Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and communications expert. She is dedicated to helping people achieve better health and richer lives through sound nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Katherine is a frequent
nutrition contributor to top-tier national morning shows including NBC's "Today" show, "Live with Regis & Kelly," CBS's "The Early Show," and has her own website,

On February 24 at 1 p.m. ET, Katherine will lead a free webinar on antioxidants including the total diet approach, super foods and breaking down antioxidants. You'll learn about the impacts of high antioxidant foods on your clients' lifestyle, including definitions, health benefits and research.

Chocolate is often the way to your clients’ hearts in mid February, so let them know it’s okay to indulge, with moderation. Suggest Sunsweet PlumSweets, an indulgent double shot of health boosting antioxidants. These juicy little gems pack all the tenderness, fiber and delicious flavor of dried plum bits, plus they’re covered in ever-so-delightful dark chocolate. Suggest Sunsweet PlumSweets, an indulgent double shot of health boosting antioxidants. This Valentine's Day, your clients can feel good about a truly guilt-free, sweet treat!

Consumers are trying to start off the new year with a clean slate and save more money. However, this doesn't mean their nutrition should suffer! Below are a few tips to help keep clients on track with their finances while maintaining a healthy diet.

Skipping meals causes us to lose touch with our bodies' natural hunger cues. When meal time finally arrives we tend to eat too much and choose the wrong things (because we are so hungry). Factoring in small snacks between meals helps keep our appetite in check, our hunger satisfied, and helps us make healthier choices at all of our meals. Encourage clients to keep healthy and affordable snacks on hand, like carrots, pretzels and dried fruit, so they make good decisions without having to spend much money.
Fueling our body with meals and snacks at regular intervals is necessary to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Stable blood sugar not only helps us control hunger cravings, it reduces our risk for diabetes and even helps promote fat loss. The ultimate snack for maintaining blood sugar levels should include complex carbohydrates, along with a little protein and fat. Popping a couple Sunsweet Ones™ and a tablespoon of raw or dry roasted nuts is a convenient, healthy and economical snack.
Most Americans simply aren't getting enough of this bone-building nutrient. Drinking milk with our meals is one option that is also very affordable. Calcium-rich snacks are a valuable back-up plan. Recommend a handful of Sunsweet's Antioxidant Blend added into vanilla yogurt or a smoothie to guarantee your clients' reserves are always well stocked.

February is American Heart Month, so now is the perfect time for your clients to examine their heart health! Recommend these four simple tips for a healthier, happier heart:

Blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels should be checked yearly. High levels of low density lipoproteins (LDL) often referred to as "bad cholesterol," can cause plaques to build up in your arteries and keep your heart from getting the blood it needs, which in turn can cause a heart attack. Triglycerides are a form of fat in your blood stream and are also linked to heart disease.
High blood pressure places a great deal of strain on your heart. If your client has high blood pressure, simple dietary and lifestyle changes such as eating less salt, exercising more and increasing their intake of fruits, vegetables and non fat dairy products may be all they need to bring it back down into the normal range.
The key to maintaining body weight is achieving energy balance. To control energy intake, individuals should reduce the number of calories they consume. An easy way to do this is simply to reduce portion sizes. Increasing energy expenditure through physical activity is also important for achieving energy balance.
Research shows that diets high in fiber are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Soluble fibers, which are found in beans, oats, and many fruits (including dried plums, like Sunsweet Ones and juices, like Sunsweet Prune Juice and PlumSmart®), have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Insoluble fibers, which are found in wheat, seeds, and many vegetables, have been associated with decreased cardiovascular disease risk and slower progression of cardiovascular disease in high-risk individuals.
Source: Allison Beadle, Ms, RD, LD