1. Breakfast is important, and missing this meal slows metabolism.
2. Avoid unhealthy snacks.
3. Foods high in protein, vegetables and fiber should be the backbone for this diet.
4. Avoid late evening meals.
5. It is better to eat four to five smaller nutritious meals during the day.
6. Drink plenty of water. Studies show that drinking a glass of water before a meal tends to decrease the numbers of calories you consume.
7. If family members don’t want to participate, then prepare your meals separately or choose only the healthy items.



A heart healthy diet is made up of an overall healthy eating pattern.
A healthy eating pattern emphasizes:
• A variety of fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains
• Lean protein sources such as skinless poultry or fish
• Nuts and legumes
• Healthy fats such as avocado or olive oil
• Limiting sugar, sweets, and sugary beverages
• If you drink, alcohol should be consumed in moderation – no more than one serving per day for women and two servings per day for men

Sodium is necessary to keep the body functioning properly; however, too much sodium can be harmful to those with high blood pressure.
• If the doctor recommends a sodium restriction, it is usually limited
to 2000mg of sodium per day (1 tsp of sodium contains 2300mg)

Refined carbohydrates may also affect heart health. These are foods with high amounts of simple sugars. Examples include sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. The American Heart Association recommends to limit added sugars to no more than 6 tsp for women and 9 tsp for men per day. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the biggest source of added sugar in the American diet. Added sugars are also found in baked items, ice cream, and candy.




Regardless of ability to pay, Hugh Chatham Medical Group is now offering a grief counseling and initial mental health evaluation and treatment program for community members, ages 8-18. To speak with one of our care providers, please call 336-527-CARE (2273) or submit the form below.

The National Suicide Hotline is a free, anonymous service, available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and its affiliates are pleased to participate in the following North Carolina Managed Medicaid Plans:
– AmeriHealth Caritas
– Blue Cross Blue Shield

Beneficiaries have several resources to help answer questions about their transition to NC Medicaid Managed Care. Those who want a reminder of which health plan they are enrolled in should call the Enrollment Broker at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588). Questions about benefits and coverage can be answered by calling their health plan at the number listed in the welcome packet or on the What Beneficiaries Need to Know on Day One fact sheet.

For other questions, beneficiaries can call the NC Medicaid Contact Center at 888-245-0179 or visit the “Beneficiaries” section of the Medicaid website.

Additionally, for issues that cannot be resolved with their health plans, beneficiaries can contact the NC Medicaid Ombudsman at 877-201-3750.