The American Heart Association invites all Americans to celebrate National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. National Eating Healthy Day is a day to raise awareness about the importance of making healthy food choices and to incorporate healthier foods into a daily diet—foods such as fresh vegetables, more fruit, fish, and other healthy choices. National Eating Healthy Day encourages people to make small changes each day and reinforces the importance of good nutrition and being physically active.
For a healthy diet, the American Heart Association recommends:
Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day
Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent servings a day
Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day
Sugar-sweetened beverages: No more than 450 calories (36 ounces) a week
Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week
Processed meats: No more than 2 servings a week
Saturated fat: Less than 7% of total energy intake
My Heart. My Life. is a national rallying cry for change—through simple behavior adjustments that help people feel better and live longer. The American Heart Association has developed a number of activities under the umbrella of My Heart. My Life. Among them: increased health education, advocacy for better public policy in important health areas such as anti-smoking laws, and helping communities find ways to eat healthier and stay physically active.
National Eating Healthy Day can be a tool in countering the fact that the health of the United States has hit a new low, with millions of Americans at risk for heart disease and stroke. Changing how we eat and how we react to the simple choices that affect our health can stop heart disease and stroke—two of the deadliest diseases in America.
Founded in 1924, we’re the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health.
To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.