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American Heart Association Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

Guest Blogger: Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director

The American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Each year, organizations, families, schools and communities throughout the United States make a pledge and come together to take steps toward living a healthier life. More than two-thirds of American adults and one in three children and teens are overweight or obese, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke as many other chronic illnesses and conditions. Promoting healthier eating is an important way to help people be healthier.

Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily, that equals 4 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and low in saturated fat and calories. Most fruits and vegetables also have no or little sodium, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and your blood pressure.

While heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for all Americans, more than 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable through behaviors like making better food choices, getting regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking.

In celebration of National Eating Healthy Day, the Los Angeles American Heart Association office hosted a moving screening of Fed Up, a 2014 American documentary film directed, written and produced by Stephanie Soechtig. The film focuses on the causes of obesity in the U.S., and the food industry’s role in aggravating the epidemic. Advocates were able to learn how to make informed decisions in making the healthy choice the easy choice.

The American Heart Association has many resources to help people eat and live healthier. Visit www.heart.org/healthyliving or these specific sites:

  • Nutrition Center — Find the latest nutrition information along with recipes, cooking tips and more.
  • Holiday Healthy Eating Guide — Get great recipes and tips for eating healthy during the holidays.
  • Heart-Check Food Certification Program—Our Heart-Check mark on food packaging can help you find foods in the grocery store that can be part of an overall healthy dietary pattern. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for our My Heart. My Life. and monthly e-newsletter.  

If you are interested in helping create a healthier generation in your community, please contact your local Government Relations Director for volunteer opportunities.

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National Eating Healthy Day

On Wednesday, November 6, the American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day. On this day, Americans were encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Let’s keep the momentum going to give our families, friends and co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier life!

As the holidays are quickly approaching and in the spirit of celebrating National Eating Healthy Day throughout November, please take a moment to check out Delicious Decisions. Delicious Decisions offers heart healthy recipes that you can use during the holidays that are mouthwatering as well as good for your heart.

Statistics show that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease, and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor. From walking clubs and paths to cooking tips and easy-made recipes, the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life Healthy living initiative helps individuals and families understand how to get active and eat healthy. Visit MyHeartMyLife.org to learn more.

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Eat Healthy this Holiday Season

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.

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