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Heart Healthy You


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Check out the 'Choose It' and 'Lose It' recommendations below that are easy ways to increase healthy eating and reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and more.

Choose It

  • Skinless chicken, fish, lean meat
  • Whole-grain bread/rice/pasta
  • Broth-based soups with lots of veggies
  • Meals at restaurants that use the words grilled, roasted, steamed, or baked
  • Fruit-based desserts
  • LIght sauces flavored with herbs, speices and vinegar
  • Water, 100% juice, seltzer

Lose It

  • Bacon, sausage, and other processed lunch meats
  • White bread/rice/pasta
  • Cream-based soups
  • Meals at restaurants that use the words deep-fried, pan-fried, extra crispy, or creamed
  • Traditional desserts such as cookies, cake and brownies
  • Salty sauces like soy, teriyaki, cocktail, au jus
  • Regular soda, sweet tea, sugary cocktails
  • 37%Percent of students reported they often include fresh fruits and veggies in their daily food intake.
  • 20The number of teaspoons of sugar that most Americans consume each day. That's TRIPLE the recommended daily limit for women, and DOUBLE for men!
  • 31%Percent of students reported they often include high fat and high calorie foods in their daily food intake.
  • 3400The sodium intake in milligrams by most people every day. The recommended amount is 1500-2300 mg/day.