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American Heart Association

Keys to shopping nutritiously from the American Heart Association..

  • Read nutrition fact labels -- Pay special attention to sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars

  • Keep an eye out for the "heart-check" mark, indicating a product meets requirements to be considered a heart-healthy food


Always come prepared!

  • Check the kitchen

  • Make a list

By having a plan, you will stay focused and avoid buying unhealthy items you don’t necessarily need


One online tool for formulating a balanced diet plan is MyPlate, which can be accessed by clicking here. This interactive tool allows you to input all the information unique to each individual and formulates a healthy eating plan within the appropriate calorie allowance.  Overall, this consists of eating appropriate quantities from all five of the major food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy. This website also includes valuable resources and guidance for eating both healthy and budget-friendly. It allows you to set personal goals, and includes many recipes to try.

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