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Iraq vet trying to eat fresher, healthier food

Programming note: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta follows Pedro Rampolla's progress on "American Morning's" "New You Resolution," Tuesdays, 6-10 a.m. ET.

Pedro
Rampolla hopes that eating more fresh foods will help him overcome his family's history of heart disease.

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(CNN) -- An air traffic controller in the Wyoming Air National Guard, Pedro Rampolla hopes to guide his family to better health.

A history of family heart trouble worries Rampolla and his wife, Denise, which is something they hope to address in the "New You Resolution."

Doctors say they should change their steady diet of fast food and frozen entrees, both for their own good and for that of their children.

Here's Rampolla's take on his typical lunch: "Fast food, Burger King, McDonald's."

The complicating factor in this plan is the family's busy life. Rampolla recently returned from Iraq and is planning to serve on his local school board in addition to working a full-time job.

And he and his wife are raising four children, ages 7 to 14, all of whom play on soccer teams.

Here are Rampolla's goals for the "New You Resolution":

1. Keep a diary to figure out food pitfalls.

2. Slow down the pace of family activity.

3. Leverage his military discipline into some personal dietary discipline.

January 24 update

The Rampollas are finding that preparing healthy food can take longer than serving packaged fare.

To compensate, they are trying to plan their meals well in advance.

"We can probably look at a whole month in advance and say, 'Alright this day, this day, this day, this day,'" Pedro Rampolla said.

And he is offering to help a bit more in the kitchen -- to the surprise of his wife.

January 17 update

The Rampollas got fitness and cooking lessons in New York last week at the beginning of the "New You Resolution." They learned a recipe for fast and light lasagna that can feed their family of six.

Because Pedro Rampolla is in decent shape from his military service, he's hoping that eating more fresh foods, like the healthy lasagna, will help him overcome his family's history of heart disease. And he hopes to persuade his kids to try them, too.

"When the kids don't go along with our food choices, then we end up going with theirs," Rampolla said.

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