November 6 is National Eating Healthy Day! Heart-Smart Advice from the AHA
Sugary sweets, hearty home-cooked meals, and snacks enough to fill a sleigh—‘tis the season to overindulge! Luckily, the American Heart Association is on a mission to help people make smarter, heart-healthier choices about what they eat during the holiday season and throughout the year.
Wednesday, November 6 marks the 5th Annual National Eating Healthy Day (NEHD). The event brings together families, schools and communities throughout the United States to increase awareness about the importance of diet and nutrition and help people take steps toward promoting healthy heart function as well as improving their overall well-being.
On their website, the AHA provides numerous resources for celebrating and spreading the word about NEHD, including the National Eating Healthy Day Toolkit, which includes information-packed resource guides featuring articles, quizzes and helpful links. Visitors can also check out the Holiday Healthy Eating Guide (complete with recipes and smart substitution ideas), along with save-the-date cards and posters for promoting the event in your workplace or local community.
Today more than ever, healthy eating needs to be a national priority. According the most recent AHA statistics, less than 1% of U.S. adults meet the definition for “Ideal Healthy Diet” and essentially no children meet the goal. Eating more high-fiber fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, along with reducing or eliminating the amount of high-fat, sugary and processed foods we consume, is a great first step toward celebrating National Eating Healthy Day and making a lifelong commitment to better health.