The holiday season is fast approaching, along with all of the wonderful foods and festivities that come with it. However, it is important to remember that even during this time of year we need to be mindful of what we are eating. November 6, 2013 was National Healthy Eating Day. Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease and stroke, and research shows that poor diets are a major contributor to that risk.
Start the holiday season off right by trying one of our heart-healthy recipes this National Healthy Eating Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to make small, healthy changes to their diet, and raise awareness that good nutrition is important in the fight against heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has developed a toolkit to help individuals and organizations take part in this nationwide event. It can be found at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/National-Eating-Healthy-Day-2013_UCM_454414_Article.jsp
The AHA/ASA has also developed a Healthy Holiday Eating Guide which can be found at: http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@fc/documents/downloadable/ucm_455757.pdf
With all of these resources available, it is possible to have a heart friendly, healthy and fun holiday celebration.