Guest Blogger: Lindsay Hovind, Government Relations Director, Washington
For many people the New Year brings resolutions to live a healthier life by eating better and moving more. Just before the holidays Governor Inslee signed an Executive Order that will help give state employees and those in the state’s care access to healthier foods and beverages. This is an exciting win and is the culmination of years of work by our advocates, our partner the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, and the original bill sponsor Representative Laurie Jinkins.
The Executive Order sets nutritional standards for vending machines and cafeterias in state-run buildings, as well as for meals served to custodial populations. The American Heart Association applauds this bold step. It is exciting to see state government model good nutrition as a key element of prevention.
Did you know less than 1 percent of U.S. adults meet the American Heart Association’s definition for “Ideal Healthy Diet?” You can take steps to improve your diet and prevent heart disease by adopting healthy eating habits too. Take the My Life Check to see how you’re doing, then visit the Nutrition Center for tips on how to improve your nutrition.