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Information about the Coronavirus

Griffin Health is committed to the care and safety of our patients. Please call your doctor or provider before your visit. General COVID-19 information is available here. Questions about vaccination, testing, and assistance with VAMS call 203-204-1053. If you are currently eligible for a vaccination (CT State eligibility info) and have not already made an appointment, please call 203-433-3394 to speak to an appointment scheduling specialist.

Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.


Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.


Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.
Health Tips & TopicsGeneral

Eat Smart For Your Heart

Knowing which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit is a powerful way to prevent heart disease and improve your overall health. Use the steps below to work toward a more
heart-healthy diet.

Here are five easy ways to eat smart for your heart.

EAT THE RAINBOW
Dark-green leafy vegetables help the body break down homocysteine, an amino acid that’s linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Natural sources of fiber and antioxidants,
include spinach, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, collard greens, arugula and broccoli.

Purple foods such as eggplant, beets, purple potatoes or cauliflower are a great addition to your menu. It’s also a fun way to incorporate more color and vegetables onto your plate.
Red, orange, and yellow vegetables are high in beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that helps fight oxidation, which leads to damage in the blood vessels. Include more foods like butternut squash, red and yellow peppers, and carrots.

EAT HEALTHY FATS & AVOID BAD FATS
These include fatty fish, coconut, avocado, olive oil, and nuts, such as walnuts. Eating just 5 ounces of nuts per week is linked to decreased cardiovascular disease. Bonus points: Walnuts have more omega-3 fatty acids (which reduce bad cholesterol levels) than other nuts. Avoid trans fats altogether. Watch for the words “partially hydrogenated oils or hydrogenated” on food labels and skip those foods. Also, avoid eating fried foods which are cooked in very unhealthy vegetable oils.

EAT LEAN PROTEIN SOURCES AND REDUCE FATTY MEATS
Lean proteins feed your body without providing unhealthy fats— which means thinking beyond steak. So limit red meat to lean cuts and serve it in smaller-sized portions. Instead, try fish like salmon, trout and tuna, which contain omega-3 fats, which help lower triglyceride levels and may lower blood pressure. Beans such as white, black, kidney beans, etc. provide important fiber as well as protein.

BE SELECTIVE OF CARBS
Carbohydrates are all the sugars, fiber and starches in food that give your body energy. But some carbs are better for you than others. Eat ‘good’ carbs from whole-food sources (such as squash or sweet potatoes) rather than processed and refined “bad” carbs (like white bread and pasta). Try to avoid candy, chips, cookies and other sources of sugary carbs.

WATCH WHAT YOU DRINK
Water is the best drink of choice, it has no calories and is\ important for every cellular process in your body. Beware of soda, alcohol, and other juices or sugary drinks, which are loaded with empty calories and sugar.

Taking these steps to enhance your diet will help your heart beat strong and continue to improve your overall health!

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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Derby, CT 06418-1326

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