Healthy for Good Blog
Remember when eating out was an occasional treat? Many of us went out for special occasions, such as birthdays, when there was something to be celebrated. These days, it’s a different reality. When life gets too busy, we often turn to restaurants to feed our families. While eating out is sometimes a necessity, it presents a real challenge to feeding our families healthfully.
This healthcare provider is on the right track. A healthy lifestyle can prevent the factors that cause stroke. (Did you know? May is American Stroke Month.)
Most people know that too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure, but did you know that it can increase your risk for stroke too? That’s right.
Food companies make decisions about the ingredients in processed and restaurant food before your food even reaches your table. That’s why the American Heart Association launched the Outsmart Eating Out Contest in honor of American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. We asked you to show us how you #EatSmart with tips, tricks and hacks.
Inspired by a May 10 congressional briefing, "Creating an Active America Together" coordinated by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
“Exercise does the body good!” Raise your hand if you’ve heard that phrase from a parent or gym teacher. But, should it also be coming from Uncle Sam?
Implementation of the menu labeling law is finally here! A new law, effective in May 2018, requires chain restaurants and other prepared food retailers with 20 or more locations to provide calorie counts on the menu and offer additional nutrition information upon request. So, not only will you have more information about the calories, but you can find out how much sodium, saturated fat, and sugar is in the dish.
As April comes to a close (we still hope you are moving more!), wanted to get you excited about and geared up for May. May is American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. What a great reminder to eat smart, move more, and be well!
Mayday! Most of us aren’t getting enough sleep and that’s no small thing. But don’t worry, we got you. Our Healthy For Good™ movement is dedicating May to better sleep in a quest to help you Be Well. We can’t think of a better time than May, which is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, to get started on prioritizing those ZZZs and start reaping the health benefits.
Are you a master of making smart choices when eating at a restaurant or choosing processed foods? Show us how you #EatSmart in honor of upcoming American Stroke Month and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month.
We’ve talked a lot about the FDA’s draft voluntary sodium targets that were published for public comment in June 2016. The targets set voluntary limits on the amount of sodium in processed and restaurant foods, by food category. Since more than 70% of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods, the American Heart Association has applauded FDA’s (and the food industry’s) efforts to reduce sodium in the food supply.