Upstate organizations celebrate “National Eating Healthy Day”

Upstate health leaders are asking you to choose to eat healthy as they celebrate "National Eating Healthy Day"

Upstate health leaders are asking you to choose to eat healthy as they celebrate "National Eating Healthy Day"
Upstate health leaders are asking you to choose to eat healthy as they celebrate "National Eating Healthy Day"

Upstate health leaders are asking you to choose to eat healthy as they celebrate “National Eating Healthy Day”

The American Heart Association and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System are helping to promote National Eating Healthy Day on November 2 by providing educational materials to local companies, after school programs, and through the weekly Well Walkers program facilitated by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System staff at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Organizers are hoping to stretch the celebration to last all month and encourage the community to make healthy meal choices so they can influence their families to do the same.

Organizers said that by adding more variety of color to meals through fruits and vegetables, people can take simple yet significant steps to a more vibrant, healthier, longer life.

“There’s proof in the research that preventive methods like healthy eating can increase survival rates from heart disease,” said Debbie Milne, Registered Dietitian at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. “It’s important to make those smart eating choices, like adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet each day, so that you can live a healthier life for you and your family.”

“The Well” is also offering some new menu selections in their suits and at concession stands. These options have healthier ingredients and can have fewer calories.

Some examples include a grilled pork watermelon salad, grilled shrimp and kale salad, grilled chicken breast and a yogurt parfait. You can look for these options with the blue “Be Well” and “Livewell” symbol next to the menu item.

A free online toolkit is available for those interested in participating in National Eating Healthy Day. Resources include easy-to-do, fun activities for the entire family, community, school and workplace; ideas for motivating others to eat healthier; and a variety of delicious, colorful recipes. To download the toolkit and other NEHD resources, visit www.heart.org/eathealthy.

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