A Research Study On Cardiovascular Heart Disease

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Cardiovascular heart disease, the leading cause of death in Tennessee, is the result of many health problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes mellitus and obesity (“Statistics and Reports”, n.d.). The mismanagement of these chronic health problems will very likely lead to more fatal conditions that can be prevented simply by making necessary lifestyle changes. Cardiovascular disease comes in a variety of forms, but the most common are coronary artery disease and heart failure (“Heart and Cardiovascular Diseases”, n.d.). In an effort to address the health problems that develop into cardiovascular heart disease, the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) established the “VA Memphis Cooks” program. This program, funded by the VA Nutrition Food Services department, aims to educate, empower, and initiate behavior change by promoting and demonstrating healthy eating strategies.
Identification of Interviewee
When conducting this case study I interviewed Patricia Prince-Griffin, Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) at the VAMC. Her role requires her to assist patients (and their significant others) by educating them on dietary needs, as specified by the referring provider.
Program Planning
Eating healthy is imperative for managing appropriate caloric intake and plays an important role in staying within a normal weight range, Shelby County is characterized by unhealthy and somewhat inconvenient options when it comes to diet and
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