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North Dakotans Urged to Rediscover a Lost Art: Cooking from Scratch

December 14, 2011

BISMARCK, N.D. - The American Heart Association is on a mission to help people rediscover what's becoming a lost art - cooking a meal at home.

Joan Enderle, communications director for the American Heart Association in North Dakota, says that group has partnered with the Walmart Foundationto launch a website which contains all the tools and techniques necessary to create a culinary masterpiece.

"There's not only recipes, but there's actually videos that can demonstrate how those meals are produced and also improve your cooking skills."

The meal ideas offered on the website are simple, quick and affordable, Enderle says, adding that cooking at home can be a great way to save money, spend time with family and also improve eating habits.

"The more that people eat out, especially at fast-food restaurants, the more calories, fat they consume; and away-from-home meals contain fewer fruits and vegetables."

By helping get more people away from the take-out windows and into their kitchens, Enderle says, the end result should be a healthier state and nation.

"The American Heart Association feels that encouraging people to return to the kitchen will help achieve our 2020 goal to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent, and reduce deaths by cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20 percent."

Another good reason to cook your own food, she says, is to control what goes into it - and in North Dakota, about two out of three adults are either overweight or obese.

More information is online at heart.org/simplecooking.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND