"If you don't have a plan, then you're going to stop by the fast food establishments or you're going to pick up a pizza." Sarah Mohrman, Parkview Health Dietitian
Today is National Eating Healthy Day across the country.
The American Heart Association says a poor diet can lead to heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the U.S.
But they say nearly all of it is preventable.
WFFT spoke with a local dietitian today for tips of how to keep your family healthy.
Most people know the usual advice- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat whole grains, drink water, cut down sugar, things like that.
But when you're constantly on the go- or have kids- or sometimes both- it can be really easy just to grab something from the vending machine.
Parkview Health dietitian Sarah Mohrman says the best thing you can do is plan ahead.
"When you're always on the go, the number one key for people is planning. If you don't have a plan, then you're going to stop by the fast food establishments or you're going to pick up a pizza,” Mohrman says.
She says a great way to plan ahead- cook lots of one thing, and use the leftovers through the week.
"But if you know and you plan, try to plan as well as you can, your family's meals in advance for the week, you know, ok tonight, we only have fifteen minutes to be able to prepare our foods, so we need to plan healthy, make sure we have those foods on hand, so we don't stop and get something that isn't very good for us,” Mohrman says.
And for those picky kids- you can get them to eat healthier foods, but you do have to be patient.
"Because it takes about ten times for a child to try something before they actually like it,” Mohrman says.
Now, just because today is National Eating Healthy Day doesn't mean you should keep it to today.
Check out some of these resources from the American Heart Association-
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