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Healthy Heart Advice from Cardiologist Moms

Sure, doctors are good at doling out advice, but do they really practice what they preach? Here, six leading cardiologists (who are also moms) share how they help their own kids be heart-healthy.

By Jeannette Moninger

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Rita Redberg
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Once a week Rita Redberg, M.D., director of women's cardiovascular services at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, and her family receive a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with occasional eggs, meats and dairy products, from local farmers via a community supported agriculture program (CSA). "We get seasonal produce that's bursting with great taste and nutrients, yet low in pesticides and other additives," she says. There are more than 1,000 CSA programs nationwide and those numbers keep growing. (If one's not available in your area, Dr. Redberg suggests patronizing your local farmers' markets instead.) Her daughters actually look forward to seeing what new or unusual veggies are included in the weekly CSA package.

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