Birmingham REACH FOR BETTER HEALTH

Summertime is here.  One of the great things about this time of year is the abundance of fresh produce available. Eating fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits. Eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower risks for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.

 

Unfortunately, many people don't eat enough fruits and vegetables.

  
 

Did you know:

  • Only 1 in 3 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Only 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active

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.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.

For more information, visit Choose My Plate.