BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – If current projections stand true, more than half of all Americans will be obese by 2030.
In Ohio and Pennsylvania, the predictions are closer to 60% of the population by that same time.
That is one of the reasons the American Heart Association is inviting residents to participate in National Healthy Eating Day.
"Obesity is a huge epidemic in the United States, as well as across the world obviously. We try to raise awareness for individuals to take not only today as the starting point for eating healthy, but maybe making it something that is a lifestyle change for them," said Allison Oltman with the Youngstown Area American Heart Association.
By 2020, the American Heart Association aims to improve cardiovascular health of all Americans while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%.
National Healthy Eating Day is a way the organization hopes to achieve that goal by setting forth general food guidelines, which include a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and high-fiber foods, lean meats, fat-free dairy products and foods and drinks with low sugar content and low sodium content.
"You can really find some great recipes, not only on the American Heart Association website but through other outlets as well, which taste just as great and just as wonderful and can be healthy choices for your family," Oltmann said.
If you would like more information on National Healthy Eating Day or a list of heart healthy recipes, visit the American Heart Association's website.