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.