Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes for Health Professionals

Clinical Practice Guidelines

The IOM (2011) defined clinical practice guidelines as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options."

Systematic Evidence Reviews

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) defined a systematic evidence review as "a scientific investigation that focuses on a specific question and uses explicit, prespecified scientific methods to identify, select, assess, and summarize the findings of similar but separate studies.


Closeup view of a healthy plate of vegan soul food prepared for the NEW Soul program.
Credit: Matt McGrievy, University of South Carolina
Research Feature
When most people think of soul food, they think of tasty faves like collard greens, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, and black-eyed peas. These foods are beloved by many, and they often play a big part of many African American families’ traditions. It’s an historic cuisine that thrived during slavery and traces its roots to Africa. But traditional soul food is often cooked with high levels of salt, fat, and pork which doesn’t meet today’s understanding of healthy eating. In fact, some health experts have pointed to soul food as a key culprit behind disproportionately high rates of obesity and...