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Cooking Simple with your Heart

Source: American Heart Association Source: American Heart Association
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Simple Cooking with Heart is teaching Americans how to cook more at home by giving them tools, basic skills and techniques to get started and inspired and have fun.

Program components include online cooking skills videos, tips, recipes and other free downloadable resources which encourage people to practice cooking simple, affordable and healthy meals for their family.

More than 69% of adults in Mississippi are overweight or obese and more than 64% are nationally. Simple Cooking with Heart is part of the American Heart Association's nationwide effort to help people change the way they think about food.

The program is an effort to encourage people to return to the kitchen as part of the AHA's 2020 goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent and to reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent by the year 2020.

“Where people eat has a dramatic effect on what and how much foods, are consumed," said St. Dominic Hospital registered dietician Louisa Whitmire. "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.” 

Simple Cooking with Heart stresses that cooking at home does not have to be a daunting task. It emphasizes the rewards for a family's diet, lifestyle, and budget.

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