Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber that people’s 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.
The Society for Public Health Education is distributing an infographic listing 30 ways to add fruits and vegetables to the foods people enjoy – like tacos, burgers and pizza.
Fruits and vegetables provide great taste and nutrition, while adding variety to a person’s diet. 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 a person’s diet is easy when remembering to add fruits and vegetables to the foods they already eat. Join the millions of people who committed to a healthier lifestyle during Fruits and Vegetables More Matters® Month.
”Every step 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,” said Elaine Auld, chief executive officer of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).
To prevent chronic disease and encourage healthy lifestyle choices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, National WIC Association and the Society for Public Health Education, are implementing this three-year program in 100 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 Auld. “It’s about making healthy living easier where people live, learn, work, and play.”
For more information please visit: http://www.sophe.org/septfruits_veggiesmonth.cfm