AHA encourages heart-healthy eating during National Nutrition Month

By RYAN JARVI

Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Healthy eating can help reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases, according to the American Heart Association, and with March being National Nutrition Month, the AHA is encouraging people to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle by making smart meal choices and joining its latest movement, Healthy For Good.

The Healthy For Good movement aims to inspire people to create a healthier lifestyle by making small, incremental changes. It is built on four pillars: eat smart; add color; move more; and be well.

Tips the AHA offers on how to start eating healthy include:

≤ Reduce sodium in your diet. Excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

≤ Reduce added sugar, especially in drinks such as soda and energy drinks. Too much sugar can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, increasing the risk for heart disease.

≤ Add more color to your diet with fruits and vegetables.

≤ Read and compare nutrition labels, and choose products with the lowest amounts of sodium, saturated fat and added sugars. The AHA said the Heart-Check Mark on foods as an easy way to identify healthier choices.

For more information on healthy recipes, grocery shopping tips and more, visit www.heart.org.

Ryan Jarvi can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 270. His email address is rjarvi@miningjournal.net.

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