12 ways to celebrate Eat Smart Month with friends and family

Tis the season for sweet treats and holiday meals. Even the most dedicated healthy eaters can lose focus on eating clean and healthy this time of year. Never fear! The American Heart Association is designating November as Eat Smart Month. We will give you the tools, resources, and ways to take action that will keep you on track and feeling great.


 Today, let’s talk about 12 ways to celebrate Eat Smart Month with your friends and family:
  1. Get the Eat Smart Toolkit. Take simple steps to eat healthier by celebrating Eat Smart Month in November. It’s fun and easy! We provide materials and how-to information for workplaces, schools, individuals and communities. Register now for your free toolkit! (with materials in English and Spanish)
  2. Eat clean. It can be tough to know what healthy eating really looks like when there is so much conflicting information out there! Check out our graphic to show you how to eat clean.
  3. Ask for healthier restaurant food. Americans eat and drink too many calories, sodium, sugars, and saturated fat from restaurants. A single restaurant meal can have more sodium than a person should have for the entire day. You can make a difference. Take back control of your food and tell restaurant CEOs to prioritize healthier options.
  4. Tell your friends about processed foods. Most of the sodium we eat comes from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods, not the salt shaker. Share the tips and facts in our graphic on processed foods to help you and your friends choose foods that work for you.
  5. Stand with the science. Science supports the link between less sodium intake and healthier lives, even in children and teens. Show us that you stand with the science that supports sodium reduction by signing our petition today.
  6. Join the Smart Snacks Action Team. The majority of kids’ calories are consumed at school. Join the action team to advocate for better school foods and teach good habits to grow up healthy.
  7. Cook a healthy meal. Enjoy a warm and spicy fall meal that will awaken your taste buds. A healthy meal this time of year can be comforting and exciting for you and your family members!
  8. Watch for sneaky sodium. There’s no question that sodium can be sneaky. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks can add up to a whopping 4,000 mg of sodium. Share our graphic that shows how you can transform your meals and snacks with little changes.
  9. Share the facts on fats. There is so much conflicting information on social media, on daytime TV, and even in the news about what foods are considered healthy, especially when it comes to fats! Is coconut oil healthy? What about olive oil? Fish oil? Trans fat? The list goes on. Clear up confusion by checking out and sharing our infographic on fats.
  10. Cut out Added Sugar. Added sugars are sugars added to foods and beverages when they’re processed or prepared. Consuming too much can lead to disease – and even early death. Learn more about how to cut out added sugars today.
  11. Eat more fruits and veggies. We know that fruits and vegetables add color to your plate, and they also help you get needed potassium. Fruits and vegetables are nutritious and can naturally have less sodium than many processed foods.
  12. Join the movement to be Healthy for Good. You don’t need a guilt trip. We know you know. You want to be Healthy For Good. And we’re here to help. We’ll keep you on track with shareable tips, videos and hacks. Join the movement today!

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