THE HEART OF THE MATTER
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA) 

Week: 618.3

Guest: Dr. Suzanne Oparil, Director, Vascular biology and hypertension, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Past President, American Heart Association

Topic: Eating a good breakfast /2

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to be more conscious of the importance of breakfast...only 37% of us eat a good meal in the morning. Dr. Suzanne Oparil of the University of Alabama says we have to realize the morning fuel we take in has direct effect on how our day goes...and what we eat later...

OPARIL: We try to encourage people to be more active, eat a good diet...to balance the diet out during the course of the day. And we've encourage the fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products, because there's so many good things in there. I guess the major message is to try to generate a positive message about food and nutrition. Most of the public service announcements that we hear, and the advice from doctors is you can't do this, you can't do that ....and everything is bad. There are some things that are good for you.

NEMA: The ideal breakfast has whole grain cereal or bread, fresh fruit or juice, and low fat dairy products like yogurt or milk. If you don't have time, cereal and milk is fine. Remember the phrase You are what you eat? Think of that next time you opt for coffee and a sweet bun for breakfast. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.