Louisville Grows Brings Healthy-Eating Practices to Residents All Over Region

Insider Louisville LogoThe phrase “eat your vegetables” can refer to any responsible choice you make, whether in work, school, or life. Taken literally, it’s good advice when it comes to your diet.

Healthy eating can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone is making a conscious effort to improve their health by paying attention to what they put in their mouths. And vegetables are among the healthiest items anyone can choose.

Ked Stanfield, executive director of Louisville Grows, organizes programs and activities to encourage a healthy diet at the organization’s headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville.

“Something that’s missing from a lot of American diets are vegetables,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.  “Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and they don’t have a lot of calories. Those micro- and macro-nutrients that are found in vegetables are things that we lack in our diet.”

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Study Shows How Early Habits Can Influence Heart Health in Adulthood

According to a recent study by Northwestern University researchers, the overall heart health of U.S. children falls well short of where it needs to be. Researchers found that while most of the nearly 9,000 children they studied had healthy blood pressure levels, about 40 percent did not have good cholesterol levels, almost none ate a healthy diet regularly, and about 30 percent were overweight or obese. These findings may mean more children will face a future that will include heart disease if nothing changes. To read more about the survey, check out this HealthDay article or the actual study in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.