National Eating Healthy Day

Celebrate with the American Heart Association!

November 4, 2015, marks National Eating Healthy Day — a day to bring awareness towards healthier food choices. At EmblemHealth we honor this day and encourage all to take small steps towards healthier living.

Eating healthy helps reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and stroke. A great way to start eating healthy is to prepare meals at home, which gives you more control over portion size, ingredients and sodium levels. Below are some helpful tips from the American Heart Association on ways to eat healthy.

INCLUDE

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Beans and legumes
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish (preferably oily fish that provide omega-3 fatty acids), skinless poultry, and plant-based alternatives
  • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products
  • Healthier fats and non-tropical oils

LIMIT

  • Sodium and salt
  • Saturated fat
  • Sweets and added sugars, including sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Red meats (if you choose to eat red meat, select lean cuts)

AVOID

  • Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils

In the comment box, tell us the healthy meal you ate today on National Eating Healthy Day!

Source: American Heart Association | Visit heart.org to download the full healthy eating day toolkit.