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Did you know…

  • Red fruits and veggies help keep your heart strong.
  • Orange fruits and veggies help keep your eyes healthy.
  • Yellow fruits and veggies help keep you from getting sick.
  • Green fruits and veggies help make your bones and teeth strong.
  • Blue and purple fruits and veggies help your memory.

Today is National Eating Healthy Day, the perfect time to try new fruits or veggies like kiwis, beets, mango, sweet red bell peppers, cucumber slices, or edamame.

Most Americans only consume about half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The American Heart Association recommends eating eight or more fruit and vegetable servings every day. For an average adult consuming 2,000 calories daily, that means about 4½ cups of fruits and vegetables a day.

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and low in saturated fat and calories.  Most fruits and vegetables also have no or little sodium, and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables helps control weight and blood pressure.

While heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability for all Americans, more than 80 percent of risk factors for heart disease and stroke are preventable through behaviors like making better food choices, getting regular exercise, keeping a healthy weight and not smoking.

Be sure to celebrate National Eating Healthy Day with a rainbow on your plate.  Try red, green, yellow, orange, and purple fruits and veggies to get the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.

Feeling inspired to adopt a healthier lifestyle?  Learn more at:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Manchester/NewHampshire/Home_UCM_FDA011_AffiliatePage.jsp

https://www.presidentschallenge.org/

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