November is American Diabetes Month. So what better time than now for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to promote healthy habits and wellness that will last — not just through the month — but throughout the whole year?
The statistics are sobering. Every 19 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, and it is estimated that by 2050, as many as one in three American adults will develop Type 2 diabetes if current trends continue. The ADA aims to stop that trend, and in that effort, has launched the Eat Well, America! campaign.
Throughout the month, the ADA says it wants to empower Americans to make healthy eating a fun and simple part of daily life by equipping them with tips from cookbook authors and chefs for planning and preparing delicious and nutritious meals, whether at home or on the go.
The ADA will also celebrate the inaugural National Healthy Lunch Day, Nov. 17, by providing tips geared toward helping Americans prepare or buy healthier lunch options.
"Our goal is for every American to learn how to prepare and choose healthy foods and never feel like they are sacrificing flavor or the enjoyment they get out of a good meal," said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "As the Association marks its 75th anniversary, we are even more committed to empowering Americans to achieve health and wellness every single day. So let's start making lasting healthy habits with a healthy lunch or a revamped holiday meal."
To join the Eat Well, America! campaign throughout November, follow #EatWellAmerica on social media. And don’t forget National Healthy Lunch Day! Participants are asked to share photos of their healthy plates on social media using the hashtag #MyHealthyLunch.