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Today is National Eating Healthy Day!

by Jason H. on Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The opportunity to choose a President comes only once every four years, but the opportunity to choose a healthier lifestyle comes every day.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 is National Eating Healthy Day, a call out by the American Heart Association to raise awareness for the importance of good nutrition and making the best eating decisions.

While Americans will be analyzing the results of the election, it will be a good time for them to commit to leading a healthier lifestyle.

“We’re at a critical time in the health of our nation and our state,” said Margie Fougeron, a registered dietician who is a member of the American Heart Association’s Indianapolis board of directors. “Recent reports suggest that more than half of us will be obese by the year 2030. We can’t let that happen to us or to our children.”

Obesity contributes to a number of leading risk factors of heart disease, including higher cholesterol, higher blood pressure and increased risk for diabetes.

“Heart disease is the leading killer of Hoosiers,” Fougeron said. “Fortunately, many of the risk factors for heart disease are things that we can control. Improving our diet and becoming physically active are two ways we can improve our heart health.”

The American Heart Association recommends a diet that:

• Is rich in fruits and vegetables
• Contains whole-grain, high-fiber foods
• Includes fish twice a week, especially oily fish like salmon or albacore tuna
• Includes lean meats
• Includes fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1%) dairy products
• Minimizes beverages and foods with added sugars
• Has little or no added salt
• Limits alcohol intake

 

You can join the Start Eating Healthy movement by visiting www.heart.org/starteatinghealthyday to register and receive tools that will help you share the message that eating healthy leads to longer, happier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. And of course, you can help the American Heart Association ask Congress to protect the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in schools by clicking here!

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