In October 2016, the Cardiologist’s Kitchen team were interviewed for Farming Today on Radio 4. This was at the start of our 15 month innovation funded by The Health Foundation and we were very excited to share what we were planning to do.
We had already been collaborating with The Severn Project about how to provide vouchers as incentives for patients to try their locally grown seasonal produce. We were co-designing discount vouchers for the CardioKit packs, which patients with high blood pressure would be receiving from their GPs.
Cardiologist’s Kitchen promotes ‘ingredients for a healthy life’ and showcases specific foods that are known to lower blood pressure, such as The Severn Project’s delicious, nutritious rocket leaves. Now included in the CardioKit is a voucher which entitles patients to a free bag of Severn Project salad leaves each time they order from the CardioKit SHOP on this website.
Mary and Ali decided that we would invite the Farming Today producer to meet Steve from The Severn Project for our radio interview, and so we all stood out in his poly-tunnels enjoying the sunshine and fresh air to make our Radio 4 debuts.
We talked about how unique both projects are and how they share joint aims of supporting communities towards better health through growing and eating freshly grown, local produce.
The programme was aired at 05.45 am so you would have to be an early bird to hear what we said and unfortunately it is no longer available on iPlayer, but we all did a good job at getting our message across.
This wasn’t the first time Dr Ali Khavandi had been sharing this message though. Earlier in 2016 he was discussing the same subject with HRH The Prince of Wales.
Read what he says:
‘It was an absolute pleasure discussing cardiovascular health and food with HRH The Prince of Wales over a cup of Earl Grey tea at the Royal Society of Medicine. I was an invited speaker at the ‘Food. The Forgotten Medicine’ conference and presented the perspective of an Interventional Cardiologist who deals with the end consequences of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle on a daily basis. As many people know, the Prince of Wales is passionate about the connections between food, health and issues around food production, provenance and quality farming.
The meeting was an opportunity to showcase some of the exciting initiatives coming out of Bath within clinical and academic Cardiology connecting food and health. The audience were diverse and I think many people were surprised to find a mainstream Cardiologist who is fully engaged and enthusiastic about modern procedural and medical treatments, increasingly talking to patients about diet. For many patients with high blood pressure, ‘high cholesterol’, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apneoa and even many cases of atrial fibrillation you can achieve significant improvements in parallel or prior to escalating other treatments’.
Most recently Dr Khavandi has been interviewed by King Edwards School Bath’ magazine. You can read the full article here