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How to work healthy eating into your Holiday plans

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This week the American Heart Association celebrated National Eating Healthy Day. Now they want you to build on that day's theme by working healthy eating into your Holiday plans.

National Eating Healthy day is always celebrated the first Wednesday in November. The American Heart Association says eating healthy and good nutrition can help reduce your risk factors for a lot of health conditions including diabetes, cancer, and the number one killer of both men and women, heart disease.

The American Heart Association says over 149 million Americans, or 67 percent of adults 20 and older, are overweight or obese. By 2015, experts project that 75 percent of adults will be overweight, with 41 percent being obese.

The American Heart Association says less than one-third of Americans who eat dinner at home cook their meals from scratch - a seven percent reduction in two years. They say most adults don't realize they are lacking the proper skills to prepare healthy meals at home.

To celebrate National Healthy Eating Day across the state, the American Heart Association is teaming up with the South Dakota Beef Industry Council on a series of free cooking demonstrations. The demonstrations are meant to educate South Dakotans about ways to integrate heart-healthy foods into their Holiday celebrations.

The demonstrations will take place at Strawbale Winery in Sioux Falls on November 10th. Avera McKennan Hospital executive chef Amanda Viau will be hosting the live cooking demonstration at Strawbale Winery. She says she wants to show people how to cook simple, healthy, and inexpensive meals. The National Eating Healthy Day program is sponsored by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council and will show attendees ways to put heart-healthy beef on their table this Holiday season. The live cooking demonstrations starts at 2:00pm.

Call your local American Heart Association office at 605-360-2542 or visit www.heart.org/SouthDakota for more information about this event or to register.

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