National Healthy Eating Day raising awareness to the importance of good nutrition

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SIOUX FALLS - Join Sioux Falls community members in a live cooking demonstration as part of the American Heart Associations National Eating Healthy Day.

Chef Lance White from Chef to Plate will be hosting a live cooking demonstration at the Museum of Visual Materials in downtown Sioux Falls to show consumers how simple it can be to cook healthy, inexpensive meals for their family and friends.

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 event offers consumers basic cooking skills and techniques to get started and inspired and have fun!

National Eating Healthy Day is an annual event celebrated on the first Wednesday in November to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and making the best eating decisions to reduce a persons risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The event will be tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Visual Materials.

Speakers include Chef Lance White, Avera Heart Hospital Director of Nutrition Mary Beth Russell, and South Dakota Beef Industry Council Director of Nutrition and Consumer Information Holly Swee.

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. Americans are eating outside the home more than ever:

Where Americans eat has a dramatic effect on what and how much food is consumed: the more people eat out, particularly at fast-food restaurants, the more calories, fat and sodium they tend to consume; and away-from-home meals contain fewer fruits, vegetables, and whole grains than foods prepared at home.

Americans lack the skills to prepare home-cooked meals: Less than one-third of Americans who eat dinner at home cook their meals from scratch a seven percent reduction in two years.

Most adults dont realize they are lacking the proper skills to prepare healthy meals at home. Seven out of ten adults rated their cooking skills above average, but less than four out of ten scored above average on a basic cooking skills quiz.

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