The Twice-a-Week Difference

(originally published September 30, 2014)

This is a guest post by Linda Cornish and Will Baird of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

October is National Seafood Month. Remarkably, only 20 percent of Americans eat seafood twice a week as recommended by nutrition experts. In fact, half of Americans don’t eat seafood at all. Most people don’t know that researchers, such as those from Harvard Medical School, have found that simply eating seafood twice a week can help reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 30 to 50 percent. Clearly, increasing America’s consumption of seafood has a critical role in moving our country toward better health.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s non-profit mission includes helping people eat more nutritiously by introducing seafood into their diets. Seafood is a crucial means of getting important nutrients like omega-3s, and, as a lean protein, serves as a good alternative to other proteins. To help combat the growing obesity crisis and heart disease’s place as number one killer in America, Seafood Nutrition Partnership launched the Eating Heart Healthy program in June, partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard.  The program teaches women of underserved communities how to eat “FISH” – Fast, Inexpensive, Sustainable, and Healthy. Our female participants were shocked to see how low their omega-3 levels were, and they also appreciated learning about healthy seafood recipes that could feed a family of four for about $10. Their increased awareness of seafood’s low cost, good taste, and high nutritional value is supporting them on their way to eating seafood twice a week — and increasing their omega-3 levels.

The Seafood Nutrition Partnership believes that as Americans learn about how good seafood is for their health, we all will be prompted to take better care of our oceans and waters. SNP applauds the work of the Wide Net Project and invites you to learn more about us at www.seafoodnutrition.org.