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Fruits and Vegetables Month: 30 Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies to the Foods You Enjoy
Published:
8/31/2016 5:02:07 PM


 
Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber that our bodies need to stay healthy. Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients to diets, and reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Treating people with chronic diseases accounts for 86 percent of our nation's healthcare costs.

Most people don't eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day but eating fruits and vegetables is a sound investment in long-term health, and can be a very inexpensive part of a healthy lifestyle.

Fruits and vegetables provide the unrivaled combination of great taste, nutrition, abundant variety and multiple product forms. Most people don't eat the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day, but eating fruits and vegetables is a sound investment in long-term health, and can be a very inexpensive part of a healthy lifestyle.

Adding more to our diet is easy when we remember to add fruits and vegetables to the foods we already eat. Join the millions of people committed to a healthier lifestyle during September which has been proclaimed Fruits and Vegetables More Matters® Month by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

"Every stop taken toward eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more physical activity helps everyone feel their best. Studies show that people who develop healthy food habits are more likely to avoid illness, have more energy and lead active, enjoyable lives," states Dr. Steve Owens, Associate Executive Director, Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) who is the principal investigator for the DHPE's National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention Initiative, which is funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Community Health.

To prevent chronic disease and encourage healthy lifestyle choices, the CDC funded a national partnership in 2014 of leading organizations working to improve the public's health at the community level. Five national organizations, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American Planning Association, DHPE, National WIC Association and the Society for Public Health Education, are implementing this three-year program in 97 communities across the country in 37 states with $28 million in funding provided by the CDC.

"It's about empowering people and communities. We want to help communities, families and individuals overcome the barriers to good health." said Cheryl, Welbeck, MBA, DHPE Project Director. "It's about making healthy living easier where people live, learn, work, and play."

 

Visitor Comments

Submitted By: Reena Submitted: 9/2/2016
This is a great article on the importance of fruits and veggies in our everyday diet. 2 years ago I started eating vegetables steamed in my MEC pure clay pot, regularly, at least 3 times a week. And today i am free from all chronic ailments i was suffering from then. I am sure it wasn't just the steamed veggies that did it but a combination of the right kind of food and (equally importantly) the right cooking pot. Now I cook all my food -- grains, soups, stews, even bake and roast meats all in Miriams Earthen Cookware pure-clay pots and i think this is also contributing to the good health because these pots cook without destroying the nutrients in food and don't add metals and chemicals from the pot into my food. Also all my food is local whenever possible and these pots are also made in the USA... i feel very good about that. Lets celebrate September with a good amount of veggies and fruits on our table. Happy September to all!


 
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