American Heart Association – Healthy Eating Day

American Heart Association – Healthy Eating Day


NATIONAL EATING HEALTHY DAY, AND EACH YEAR, THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO COMMIT TO HEALTHIER EATING ALL YEAR-ROUND KIRA LITRAS WITH U-K HEALTHCARE AND PENNY GABBARD WITH THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ARE HERE WITH MORE — WELCOME. Why is it more important than ever for Americans to focus on healthy eating today? Should we pay attention to what we are eating as well as the quantity? Penny, talk about the challenge from the American Heart Association. Penny, are there some simple things families can do year round to eat healthier together? ————————- ———————— Why is it more important than ever for Americans to focus on healthy eating today? 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 well as many other chronic illnesses and conditions. Eating healthier, and specifically eating more fruits and vegetables, is an important way to help maintain a healthy weight and prevent disease. Should we pay attention to what we are eating as well as the quantity? You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have minerals, protein, whole grains and other nutrients but are lower in calories. They may help you control your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. Everyone should focus on eating an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils. When is National Eating Healthy Day and What Would the American Heart Association Like All Americans To Do on that day? On National Eating Healthy Day, we’d like people in your communities to take these simple steps to eat healthier while also encouraging co-workers, classmates, neighbors and family to join in: Step 1: Register for National Eating Healthy Day by visiting heart.org/NationalEati ngHealthyDay Step 2: Plan your activities for National Eating Healthy Day with tips included in the free American Heart Association toolkit Step 3: Share our “punny” fruit and vegetable memes on your social media channels using #NEHD and share your successes with us on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram