Parish Nurse

From the Parish Nurse

With back to school and busy routines remember to get your fruits and vegetables in your diet each day!  Fruits and vegetables play an important part in maintaining good health and preventing disease.

Eating fruits and vegetables provides many health benefits.  People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.  Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.

However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
• 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.

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough.  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

Additional tips and info see http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/SeptemberToolkit2.aspx

Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!  How many fruits and veggies do I need?  Everybody is different, so use this tool to find the right amount for you:  http://1.usa.gov/MCnUMA

For your convenience free blood pressure clinic will be NEXT Sunday!  Stop by and see the nurse!

Submitted for your good health!
Cynthia Tabaian RN, BSN, FCN

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