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National Eating Healthy Day is Nov. 7: People encouraged to take steps toward healthier nutrition and a healthy lifestyle

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012

HURON — The American Heart Association has issued its call for companies and individuals to participate in National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday. This daylong celebration aims to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and making the best eating decisions to reduce a person’s risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“This day serves as a great reminder that healthy nutrition should be a goal for a lifetime,” said Holly Swee, RD, LN, Director of Nutrition and Consumer Information for the South Dakota Beef Industry Council. “Good nutrition can help reduce your risk factors in a variety of health conditions, including diabetes, cancer and the number one killer of both men and women, heart disease.”

To celebrate National Healthy Eating Day across the state, The American Heart Association has teamed with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council on a series of free cooking demonstrations that aim to educate South Dakotans about ways to integrate heart-healthy foods into their Holiday celebrations. The demonstrations will take place at Strawbale Winery in Sioux Falls on Nov. 10 and at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City on Nov. 3. Attendees can sign up for these free events online at heart.org/southdakota.

The American Heart Association has committed to improving the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020. National Eating Healthy Day is an important part of this goal and helps raise awareness, provide education, tools and resources to companies nationwide, and raise funds to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Companies and individuals can participate in Start Eating Healthy Day through a number of activities, from simply tossing out unhealthy snacks and swapping them for healthier ones, to taking the time to focus on worksite wellness programs.

“Preventative exercise and nutrition programs are a proven way that companies can reduce their employee healthcare costs, and National Eating Healthy Day is one way employers can implement simple strategies that can make a big difference in a company’s bottom line,” said Chrissy Meyer, Director of Corporate and Media Relations for the American Heart Association.

For more information and free resources, visit heart.org/starteatinghealthyday.

By registering online, companies and individuals will receive a toolkit they can use to help plan a Start Eating Healthy Day event, a link to a Holiday Healthy Eating Guide, health tips, recipes, and other valuable resources to use in kicking off a new wellness campaign for employees or add to an existing one.

For more information on South Dakota events and cooking demonstrations, call 605-360-2542 or heart.org/southdakota.

For the complete article see the 11-04-2012 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 11-04-2012 paper.

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