by Gloria Forgea, R.N., M.B.A. Director of Community and Professional Relations, Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association
Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough.
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
- Lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer
- Prevent obesity and high blood pressure.
- Maintain or reach a healthy weight
- Keep your body strong and active
- However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
- Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
- Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
Spread the word about programs that support local agriculture
Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!