American Heart Association serves up fruits and veggies on National Eating Healthy Day 11/5National Eating Healthy Day is Wednesday, Nov. 5, and the American Heart Association wants people to listen the advice of generations of mothers: Eat your vegetables (and fruit). Americans typically consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily, that means about 4 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day. “The link between diet and heart disease has been recognized for more than 50 years. The research shows three easy diet changes that reduce cardiovascular risk: Replace saturated fat (found in whole-fat dairy foods and beef and pork fat), with polyunsaturated and mono-unsaturated fat (found in nuts, safflower, corn, olive and canola oils ), increase intake of omega-3-fats (found in fatty fish), and increase intake of dark fruits and vegetables, and whole grain,” said Dr. Karen Aspry, Cardiologist and Member of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors. “Evidence suggests these diet changes can improve blood lipids, blood pressure, blood glucose, and cause favorable changes in blood vessel walls that can keep us from heart attacks and strokes.” While heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for all Americans, more than 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable through behaviors like making better food choices, getting regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking. In Rhode Island and Southeastern, Massachusetts, the American Heart Association is celebrating National Eating Healthy Day by inviting companies across the region to host educational “Lunch and Learn” sessions and distribute this year’s “Holiday Healthy Eating Guide” with tips on eating healthier throughout the holiday season. Participating local companies represent more than 5,680 employees at: BankFive, Banneker, Baycoast Bank, Beacon Mutual, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Cintas, Dassault Systemes, EA Dion, G Lopes, GTECH, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, St Anne’s Credit Union, Raytheon and Taco Inc. The American Heart Association is offering a free fruits and vegetable resource guide to help people incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. For more information on National Eating Healthy Day, to download the free resource guide, or to find recipes and other nutrition information, visit www.heart.org/NationalEatingHealthyDay.
Newport Restaurant Week Returns This November
More than 50 restaurants throughout Newport and Bristol Counties to participate.Gourmands and casual diners unite this November 7-16, 2014 during the 16th celebration of Newport Restaurant Week to savor three-course prix-fixe lunches for $16 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $35. The popular, bi-annual tradition throughout Newport and Bristol Counties inevitably invigorates the palates of frequent restaurant goers and occasional diners alike with dishes catering to the season’s harvest. This fall, more than 50 restaurants round out the robust roster including first-time participants Sardella’s Italian Restaurant and Caleb & Broad, both located in Newport; Portsmouth Publick House in Portsmouth and the newly opened Christian’s Wood Fired Grill in Bristol. “Newport Restaurant Week falls during our second week of service, which is a perfect opportunity for the community to experience our menu,” says Christian Ferreira of Christian’s Wood Fired Grill. “Our wood fired grill is the focal point of the menu and sets us apart from the wide variety of exquisite cuisine in area.” To get to know some local restaurants, chefs and food purveyors better, Discover Newport has introduced four new “Restaurant Stories” videos on DiscoverNewportRestaurantWeek.org. The culinary clips highlight the techniques, sources and tools our local talent counts on to craft the dishes that grace their Restaurant Week menus. This year, Newport Restaurant Week culminates with newly revamped Taste of Newport benefiting Child & Family, the largest and most comprehensive social service provider in Newport. Marking its 30th anniversary, the event on Nov. 16 will offer guests two mouthwatering and diverse experiences: The Taste Experience, an extended cocktail party with tasting stations presented by some of the most talented chefs, restaurants, caterers, bakeries and confectionaries from across Newport County; and The Dine Experience, an elegant seated dining adventure with eight of the area’s acclaimed chefs pairing to produce a four-course meal paired with meticulously chosen wines from around the world. Visit DiscoverNewportRestaurantWeek.org for updated participating restaurants and menus, and DiscoverNewport.org for more information about lodging packages. Visit our social networks for up-to-the-minute conversation about the event. We encourage users to include #NPTRW for Newport Restaurant Week-related posts, images and Tweets to engage with other diners, restaurateurs and chefs.