Heathy Choice reinvents itself: new look, new meals, new veggie options

The new Healthy Choice has taken a fresh approach to healthy eating, which does not include counting calories or being on a diet. This year Healthy Choice introduced a fresh new look, along with reinvented and contemporary recipes, meals with positive nutrition and new all natural entrées, to make your meal decisions easy, and give you the great taste you crave and the nutrition your body needs.

The new line of Healthy Choice All Natural Entrées is filled with protein, whole grains, fiber and antioxidants to help promote heart and digestive health, all without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, so that you can feel good about the food you eat and serve to your family.

The only brand in its category that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA, Healthy Choice‘s complete line of nutritious products makes maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making smart eating choices easy.

With this in mind, Dr. James Rippe, a leading authority on lifestyle and health, just concluded a six-month study with overweight adults who started a light exercise routine in combination with some healthier food choices including one low-fat Healthy Choice meal per day.

At the 2009 Experimental Biology Conference held in New Orleans, leading cardiologist Dr. James Rippe, founder and director of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute, who led the research team that conducted the study,  announced people who ate Healthy Choice® really did get healthier. Participants in the 24-week study, on
average, lost 18 pounds – all as fat – trimmed their waistlines by about three inches, and lowered their cholesterol by 12 points.

“We know that healthier eating and being physically active are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but when pressed for time, it’s a challenge to achieve and maintain such a lifestyle,” said study author Dr. Rippe. “These findings are important because they show in a long-term study that Healthy Choice products offer the convenience and nutrition people are seeking to help them reach their goals.”

Men and women with health conditions common to many Americans, such as being overweight and having elevated cholesterol, followed a plan centered on eating Healthy Choice products every day.

Dr. Rippe said that the control group also ate a mid-morning snack of popcorn, which helped to reduce the number of calories consumed at their next meal.

Overall portion and calorie control was emphasized along with choosing other foods consistent with healthy eating such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and lean meat. Participants also became more physically active by starting a simple walking program,  starting with 15 minutes three days per week and progressing to 45 minutes four days per week.

A control group followed the physical activity program without making changes in their food choices.

In addition to significant positive changes in body weight and cholesterol, the Healthy Choice group also showed significant improvements in overall diet quality compared to the control group, including reduced intakes of fat, calories, saturated fat and cholesterol and increases in fiber intake.  Dr. Rippe noted that the convenience of healthy prepared meals do matter in helping people reach their goals.

“These findings reinforce our commitment to providing delicious, healthful and convenient meals that make it easy for people to not only control their portions, but also get the positive nutrition they’re seeking from ingredients like lean meat, vegetables, whole grains and fiber,” said Kristin Reimers, PhD, Nutrition Manager, ConAgra Foods.

Reimers said, “All Healthy Choice products meet the American Heart Association’s nutrition certification, and each package features nutrition information on how this meal fits into USDA’s MyPyramid daily recommended amounts for food groups.”

About Healthy Choice
Healthy Choice products are made from premium ingredients and prepared with an emphasis on high-impact nutrition and flavor. Brands with “healthy” in their name are held to a higher nutrition standard set by the FDA. Healthy Choice is the only major brand in its category that can call 100 percent of its products “healthy” as defined by the FDA. Previous research has shown that Healthy Choice meals are lower in calories, saturated fat and sodium compared to a typical American meal,potentially preventing Americans’ consumption of billions of calories and tons of salt and saturated fat over the past 20 years.

For more information about Healthy Choice, visit http://www.healthychoice.com.

About the Rippe Institute

Founded by James M. Rippe, M.D., Rippe Lifestyle Institute is one of the leading research, communication and health promotion organizations in the world. Through research, publishing and partnering in health promotion and disease prevention projects, the various divisions and two locations of the Rippe Lifestyle Institute are helping empower people to lead healthier  lifestyles with the passion, commitment and performance that have made Rippe Lifestyle Institute a leading authority on lifestyle and health. For more information, please visit us at
http://www.rippehealth.com.

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