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It's a day to raise awareness about making healthy food choices and to incorporate nutritious foods in your diet. Today, the American Heart Association is celebrating National Eating Healthy Day. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.

UNITED STATES -- As part of this effort, everyone is encouraged to add fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to their diet rather than some of the items high in salt and sugar. Today, the staff at hospitals, colleges, and other local businesses are making an effort to do just that.

The American Heart Association is providing some pretty alarming statistics. More than 60 percent of adults in the U.S. today are overweight or obese. One in three American kids and teenagers is overweight or obese. And heart disease and stroke are America's number one and number four killers.

St. Joseph's Hospital is one place where they'd like people to focus on improving their diets to lower these numbers. The cafeteria staff is suspending the use of fryers today, removing salt shakers and packets, and eliminating soda. The cafeteria regularly offers healthy items each day but wants to encourage both employees and guests to eat healthy every day.

"Being a heart hospital we feel like it's really important to educate everybody and to make them aware of what's going on so we're taking it more of an education point to make people aware of what we already do in the hospital as well as what we're hoping to move to do to help better their lifestyle choices," said Jenelle Pelis, St. Joseph's Hospital Clinical Dietician.

The American Heart Association recommends at least four and a half cups of fruit and vegetables in your diet each day. Fewer than half of Americans eat five or more servings on five or more days per week.

For more eating healthy tips, visit the American Heart Association's website.

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