Blood Pressure Control- A Map to Medication Freedom.
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Blood Pressure Control- A Map to Medication Freedom.

Greatly lower blood pressure with lifestyle changes. Learn 7 key nutrition messages. Includes cooking demonstrations.
4.2 (25 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
282 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2014
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 25 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course, you will understand what lifestyle therapies can significantly lower blood pressure.
  • You will gain a deeper understanding of what high blood pressure is and how it impacts health.
  • You will learn how to use a home blood pressure measuring device correctly.
  • You will learn the significant role nutrition has in lowering blood pressure.
  • You will learn where sodium is hidden in foods and how much sodium you should have daily
  • You will learn tips on how to prepare low sodium, yummy food.
  • In this course, you will learn how much potassium, magnesium, and calcium you should have daily
  • You will learn how to prepare delicious foods high in magnesium and potassium
  • You will learn appropriate weight loss techniques to lower blood pressure as significantly as medication
  • You will learn how to prepare beans and nuts that are more digestive friendly!
  • You will learn about the health benefits of cocoa!
  • You will learn how to use biofeedback devices and how this might benefit you
  • You will learn some basic yoga techniques
  • You will learn deep breathing exercises and its blood pressure benefits.
  • You will learn about the pros and cons of alcohol for your health.
  • Book- 'Blood Pressure Down' by Janet Bond Brill PhD,RD,LDN. 2013, Three Rivers Press. ISBN 9780307986351
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  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.22+ plug-in Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 9, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome*, or Opera Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps
  • Body Weight Scale
  • Accurate Blood Pressure Self-Measuring Device
  • Labs drawn by your physician within 6 months of beginning course and within 2 weeks of completion. Labs to draw- LDL,HDL, C-Reactive Protein, Triglyceride, Fasting Blood Sugar, and Fibrinogen

This is a self-led 8 week course designed to help adults lower their blood pressure. This course goes way beyond 'eat less salt and lose weight'. It will help you understand the many facets of food that can significantly lower your blood pressure whether or not you are on blood pressure lowering medication.

The 'textbook' for this course is Blood Pressure Down- The 10-Step Plan To Lower Your Blood Pressure In 4 Weeks Without Prescription Drugs, by Janet Bond Brill PhD,RD,LDN.

Each week reviews a unique lifestyle therapy. You will learn how to embrace each lifestyle change by reading, watching a video lecture, taking a review quiz, and best of all, watching 'how to' videos!

The 'how to' videos include cooking demonstrations featuring Chef Mark Ferrante and Registered Dietitian Georgia Boley. Whether it is soy, greens, beans, or chocolate, together we will show you how to prepare delicious blood-pressure lowering foods. All recipes will be provided!

To monitor your improved blood pressure progress through the course, a registered nurse will demonstrate how to take your blood pressure properly and accurately from home.

To further help lower your blood pressure, there are video demonstrations using biofeedback measuring devices and guided imagery with health coach Amy Steel.

Last but not least- this course includes basic deep breathing and yoga demonstrations presented by certified yoga instructors Michele Fritz and Evelyn Ferrante.

If you strongly desire to use food as your medicine instead of prescriptions, this is a course for you.

(Note- this course is not intended as a replacement or alternative to medical advice from your doctor. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor. If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment because of information in this course. Individuals with high blood pressure should first consult with their personal physician before making any of the lifestyle changes suggested in this course).

Who this course is for:
  • adults with prehypertension or hypertension motivated to make lifestyle therapies their first line of treatment
  • adults interested in how diet, exercise, and stess management affect blood pressure
  • adults interested in cooking demonstrations and recipes that help lower blood pressure
Course content
Expand all 20 lectures 03:41:20
+ Week 1- The Background (Introduction and chapters 1-3).
3 lectures 38:27

This is an overview of the class. This overview includes a check list of what you need to do the first week. It also outlines the important points from the introduction and chapters one through three of your book.

Before you begin this course, please read the syllabus attached here.

Preview 15:50

In this video a registered nurse demonstrates how to use a home blood pressure device to track your progress through this course.

Taking Your Own Blood Pressure Video

This is a powerpoint review of labs that help track your cardiovascular health. This video explains what these labs mean and why it is a good idea to have some or all of them drawn before and after this class to help you see how lifestyle changes can significantly improve your health.

Getting Baseline Labs

Review of key concepts for chapters 1 thru 3

Test Your Understanding- Chapters 1-3
25 questions
+ Week 2- Chapters 4,5- The Basics
4 lectures 46:28

This video reviews sodium recommendations in this course. Mark and Georgia look at where sodium comes from in the diet, the history of salt in the human diet, and what to look for when trying to follow a low sodium meal plan.

Sodium and Blood Pressure

Chef Mark Ferrante prepares a delicious low sodium winter soup, providing tips on preparing foods with lots of flavor and little sodium. Recipe is provided.

Cooking Demonstration- Georgia's Winter Soup

Georgia and Mark review what oils are the heart-healthiest, discussing how knowing smoke point is important to consider when cooking for health.

Heart Healthy Oils with Chef Mark Ferrante

This is a powerpoint lecture reviewing chapter 5 of the book. It outlines strategies to help achieve the course goal of losing 1-2 lb a week to reach a healthy weight.

How-To Weight Loss Plan video
Test Your Understanding- Chapters 4,5.
20 questions
+ Chapters 6-8- Adding Minerals
2 lectures 26:33

Georgia reviews the recommended amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium to help lower blood pressure. Examples of food sources are included.

Section 3 Overview

This lecture demonstrates how to cook healthfully with greens. Mark and Georgia will show you how to prepare sautéed greens and kale chips. Also reviewed are herbs and spices that work well with greens, adding flavor, magnesium, calcium, and potassium, without adding salt.

Greens Made Easy Featuring Chef Mark Ferrante
Test Your Understanding- Chapters 6-8
20 questions
+ Chapters 9-11- Adding Chocolate, Soy, and Red Wine
5 lectures 01:01:22

Georgia reviews how much soy protein is recommended daily to lower blood pressure. She also reviews:

1. Sources of soy

2. How soy can lower blood pressure

3. GMO's and soy

4. Breast health and soy

5. Specific nutrients in soy that are beneficial- including genistein, daidzein, and calcium.

Soy Overview

Mark prepares delicious Thai chicken and tofu stir-fry. Georgia and Mark review nutrition and preparation tips when cooking with tofu. Georgia surprises Mark with dessert!

Cooking with Soy - Featuring Chef Mark Ferrante

Georgia discusses the difference between cocoa and chocolate. She reviews how chocolate can help lower blood pressure, and how much is recommended a day.

Chocolate in the Kitchen!

Georgia reviews the pros and cons of alcohol consumption, and how phytochemicals in red grapes and ethanol can lower blood pressure.

Red, Red, Wine!

Georgia and Mark discuss strategies to de-gas beans. Also reviewed is how to make nut butters as well as almond milk.

Beans and Nuts Made Gut Friendly. Featuring Chef Ferrante
Test Your Understanding - Chapters 9-11
20 questions
+ Chapter 12- Supplements for Blood Pressure
1 lecture 14:54

Power point reviewing Vitamin D, Coenzyme Q10, Omega 3 fatty acid, and Vegetable Juice as daily supplements to help lower blood pressure. How these supplements work, what doses to take, and amounts that naturally occur in food are reviewed. Georgia also provides a list of nutrition supplements to avoid if you have high blood pressure.

Best Supplements for Blood Pressure Control (power point)
Test Your Understanding- Chapter 12
20 questions
+ Chapter 13- Exercise
3 lectures 29:51
Benefits of Exercise with Jeannie Anderson

Evelyn Ferrante walks us through deep breathing exercises that promote relaxation and lowering of blood pressure.

Breathing Exercise Demonstration with Evelyn Ferrante, MSW

Certified yoga instructor Michele Fritz leads a 10 minute basic yoga session.

Yoga Demonstration Featuring Certified Yoga Instructor Michele Fritz
Test Your Understanding- Chapter 13
20 questions
+ Putting It All Together
1 lecture 01:49
Week 6 and 7 - Putting It All Together.
+ Course Completion- Celebrate your Progress!
1 lecture 01:56
Week 8- Putting It All Together- Measuring Progress and Staying Motivated