Pro­gram Pro­motes Heart-Healthy Home Cook­ing

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(NAPSA)-Cook­ing at home can be sim­ple, af­ford­able and heart-healthy. The bad news is that it’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly rare. That’s the word from ex­perts who say take-away-from-home meals ac­count for at least half of all U.S. food ex­pen­di­tures. Th­ese meals typ­i­cally con­tain more sat­u­rated fat, trans fat, choles­terol, sodium, added su­gars and calo­ries and fewer fruits, veg­eta­bles and whole grains than home-cooked meals. The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion is serv­ing up help for fam­i­lies who are look­ing for healthy, af­ford­able so­lu­tions thanks to its Sim­ple Cook­ing with Heart pro­gram. The pop­u­lar web­site has added 30 recipes, a good mix of pop­u­lar dishes from around the world, to help teach peo­ple that cook­ing at home can be sim­ple, af­ford­able and heart-healthy. The pro­gram, funded by a $1 mil­lion grant from the Walmart Foun­da­tion for the sec­ond year, features sev­eral recipes that can feed four peo­ple for un­der $15. In ad­di­tion, there are live cook­ing demon­stra­tions, on­line how-to videos, tips and free down­load­able host kits that en­cour­age peo­ple to host cook­ing demon­stra­tions or par­ties with fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors.

A Nu­tri­tional Im­pact

“With busy, on-the-go life_styles, many Amer­i­cans have lost touch with their kitchens and thrown in the towel on eat­ing healthy, which is key to preven­tion of heart disease and stroke,” said Rachel John­son, Ph.D., R.D., an Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son. “The pro­gram and its recipes make it easy to bring nutri­tion back in the home, and it’s easy on the pock­et­book, too.” “We be­lieve in sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives that help peo­ple im­prove their nu­tri­tional knowl­edge and skills, so they are able to iden­tify, shop for and pre­pare healthy, home­cooked meals,” said Kar­rie Den­nis­ton, di­rec­tor of hunger re­lief and nutri­tion at the Walmart Foun­da­tion. Span­ish-lan­guage ma­te­ri­als that in­clude recipes and in­struc­tional videos can be ac­cessed at www.heart.org/coci­nasim­ple. To down­load the Sim­ple Cook­ing with Hear or­ga­ni­za­tion or host kits, find a live cook­ing demon­stra­tion in your area or for more in­for­ma­tion on the Sim­ple Cook­ing with Heart pro­gram, visit www.heart.org/ sim­ple­cook­ing.

Take-away-from-home meals typ­i­cally con­tain more sat­u­rated fat, trans fat, choles­terol, sodium, added su­gars and calo­ries than home-cooked meals.

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