As Baystate Medical Center continues to draw focus to American Heart Month, some Western Massachusetts residents attended a unique lecture on Sunday.
The group heard from Kathy Roberts, one of Baystate's registered dietitians.
She focused on how the food a person eats can alter their DNA.
For example, she said eating healthier could potentially stop a family history of heart disease.
"Our Western diet is really bad," said Roberts. "It's full of saturated fats, sweets; it's really high in white, processed grains. I think that if we just make some small changes, we really can make a big difference in how we lead our life and how healthy we are."
Sunday's lecture was part of Baystate's monthlong heart and vascular health lecture series.
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