A second USDA study explored seafood consumption’s link to heart health, and found consistent evidence supporting reduced risk of heart disease due particularly to eating oily, omega-3 rich, fish. The study concluded that getting the message out about the health benefits of eating seafood is key, and suggested a public education program was the best way to do so.
The findings by the WHO panel of health experts and USDA recommendations strongly supports SNP’s mission and the efforts undertaken by SNP's current public health education campaign.
In addition to the WHO and USDA, the American Cancer Society’s most recent nutrition and physical activity guidelines emphasize choosing fish and other lean proteins as alternatives to processed and red meat.
In 2014, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership conducted pilot health education programs in Indianapolis and Memphis to educate citizens about the essential health benefits of eating seafood and build skills to incorporate healthy fats from seafood and nutrient dense foods into daily meals. The success of those programs led to an expansion of our grassroots, public health education campaign this fall to nine U.S. cities, featuring cooking demonstrations, free health screenings for omega-3 levels, and distribution of health education literature and recipes.
Through our education efforts, we aim to build awareness about the essential nutritional and health benefits from eating seafood, help Americans gain the skills to select, order, and prepare fish and shellfish and inspire a healthier America by promoting a nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood.
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