Every Step of the Way

Celebrate Eat Smart Month with the American Heart Association this November.

By: Erin Wilder

Our Coastal Bend region is a thriving and inspiring community. We’ve seen the Coastal Bend area come together and grow together in the recovery from Harvey. At the American Heart Association, we were so heartened by all those who came out to our Coastal Bend Heart Walk in early October to join us in the battle against cardiovascular disease and stroke. We’re committed with each of you to win that battle.

We’re excited to have kicked off this year’s World Stroke Day Campaign in October, as well. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and a leading cause of long-term disability. As we gather together this Thanksgiving, in great gratitude and thankfulness, we know there are still many more steps to take to ensure our long-term community health.

One of the things we will never waver in is our commitment toward offering programs including CPR training, nutrition education, high blood pressure management programs and walking and corporate fitness programs.

As obesity rates rise, part of the American Heart Association’s focus is on empowering good nutrition and heart-healthy eating. Did you know that consuming the right amounts of the proper foods may be the single most important thing you can do to lower your risk of heart disease and stroke?

When shopping for those Thanksgiving and December holiday meals, compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils. Remember to look for the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org.

And along with the start of the holiday season, we invite you to join our November Eat Smart Month celebration. You, your company and your employees can take a big step toward a healthier lifestyle by making small changes to incorporate healthier food choices. Making healthier food choices is easier when you use the resources of the American Heart Association’s Eat Smart Month toolkit. (In previous years, this was known as National Eating Healthy Day.)

Throughout the month, we are aiming to inspire Americans to take simple steps to eat healthier. Celebrating Eat Smart Month is fun and easy! We provide a complete toolkit of materials and how-to information for workplaces, schools, individuals and communities.

Use these resources to kick off a new wellness campaign for your employees or add to an existing one. When companies make a pledge to increase their employees’ health, it helps the company and the community. We pledge to be there with you each step of the way.

If you would like to learn more about how the American Heart Association is taking on the challenges of transforming the health of our community and the nation, visit www.heart.org.

Photos courtesy of American Heart Association