ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every 19 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, and it is estimated that by 2050, as many as 1 in 3 American adults will develop type 2 diabetes if current trends continue. To promote healthy habits and wellness that will last throughout the year the American Diabetes Association® (Association) launches the theme of this year's American Diabetes Month®, Eat Well, America! sm. Throughout the month, the Association will empower Americans to make healthy eating a fun and simple part of daily life by equipping them with tips from cookbook authors and chefs for planning and preparing delicious and nutritious meals, whether at home or on the go.
A healthy lunch is a great way to bring wellness into the center of your day, especially for Americans looking to manage weight, combat low energy and better prevent, delay or manage diabetes. The Association will celebrate the inaugural National Healthy Lunch Day, Nov. 17, by providing tips geared toward helping Americans prepare or buy healthier lunch options. Eating well is an important step toward committing to healthy habits, and lunch is an enjoyable way to involve friends, family and coworkers in the journey.
"Our goal is for every American to learn how to prepare and choose healthy foods and never feel like they are sacrificing flavor or the enjoyment they get out of a good meal," said Kevin L. Hagan, CEO, American Diabetes Association. "As the Association marks its 75th anniversary, we are even more committed to empowering Americans to achieve health and wellness every single day. So let's start making lasting healthy habits with a healthy lunch or a revamped holiday meal."
Join the Eat Well, America! campaign throughout November to learn how you can put delicious and nutritious food on the table by following #EatWellAmerica and on social media. Be sure to inspire friends and family to participate in National Healthy Lunch Day by sharing photos of your healthy plates on social media using the hashtag #MyHealthyLunch.
For more information visit diabetesforecast.org/adm or call 1-800-DIABETES.
Eat Well, America! Calendar #EatWellAmerica
Week One: Breakfast
The Association will share delicious breakfast recipes that motivate you to get your busy day off to the right start.
Week Two: Snacks
Easy and satisfying snack recipes that make the walk past the vending machine a breeze.
Week Three: Lunch and #HealthyLunchDay
Lunch recipes that get you that keep your health on track through the day.
Week Four: Dinner
Seasonal dinner recipes that ensure you don't miss out on the autumn and holiday flavors you love.
Week Five: Celebrations
Healthy special occasion options, including sweets, so you never feel deprived of your favorite treats and stay on track with good nutrition.
Visit the Association at diabetesforecast.org/adm or call 1-800-DIABETES for meal planning, shopping tips, grocery lists, chef's preparation secrets and delicious recipes.
About American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
SOURCE American Diabetes Association