Healthy for Good Blog
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.
While most people know exercise should be part of their daily routine, many don’t realize just how easy it is to add in physical activity to everyday activities. That’s what the American Heart Association’s Move More Month is all about.
This week, we encourage you to enjoy naturally great-tasting foods again. By one recent estimate, more than half the calories, nearly 90% of added sugars, and 71% of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. So even if you never touch the salt shaker, sugar bowl or butter dish, you could be getting too much.
You have more control over the food you prepare at home than the ready-to-eat foods in stores or restaurants. Why? Because restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and other food retailers decide which ingredients are added to the food on their menus.
Even foods that don’t taste extra creamy, sweet, or salty can be full of calories, saturated fat, added sugars, and salt. Today, we’re talking about ways you can dine out smarter, and we’ve got restaurant-worthy meals that you can cook at home for even more control!