Today is National Eating Healthy Day
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
From the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
A healthy lifestyle includes eating healthy and staying active. Proper nutrition and physical activity help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing the risks for heart attacks and stroke. You can start today with the AHA National Eating Healthy Day, support efforts to not gain weight during the holidays, and establish a continued lifestyle of healthy foods and physical activities for a strong heart and brain.
National Eating Healthy Day is a day to eat healthy, get active, and kick off healthy lifestyles in your home, work, or community. Created by the American Heart Association, National Eating Healthy Day encourages individuals to make small, healthy changes and to raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition.
AHA Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations include knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Next, eat a variety of nutritious foods from a variety of food groups, followed by eating less nutrient-poor foods. Then, watch your food choices to include those with lower cholesterol, reduced fat, little or no salt, and less sugar. Finally, don’t smoke tobacco and avoid second-hand smoke.
Please join the National Forum, American Heart Association, Million Hearts, its partners, individuals, and organizations throughout the United States today in raising awareness on the importance of eating healthy and reducing sodium consumption. National Eating Healthy Day presents an opportunity for families, schools, and communities throughout the United States to make a pledge and come together to take steps toward living a healthier life.
The American Heart Association produced a free toolkit for anyone interested in hosting a National Eating Healthy Day event in your school, workplace, or community. The toolkit includes resources, guides, tips, and promotional materials to support your National Eating Healthy Day event. The American Heart Association also produced a Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit created to help organizations improve their food environment and promote a culture of health. It provides practical action steps and suggestions that are easy to understand and apply, such as programs and tools for increasing physical activity. Employers can:
- Become a Fit-Friendly Worksite.
- Implement a Walking Program for employees at work.
- Enroll your company into the Heart Walk.
- Enroll your company in the Activity Tracker and have a worksite wellness challenge.
Register your organization by making a pledge today!