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Published on September 13, 2010

The Message is Clear; Eat More Fruits and Vegetables for Better Health

Septemeber 13, 2010

Hundreds of scientific studies from decades of research have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases (including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes). According to the National Cancer Institute, serious diseases that are linked to what we eat kill an estimated three out of four Americans each year.

Eating a diet that contains 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day as part of a healthy, active lifestyle lowers the risk for these serious diseases. Unfortunately, most Americans don't eat enough fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy.

Every September Valley West celebrates Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month to promote the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet that can help protect you from:

  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers, such as colorectal cancer

Check out MyPyramid.gov to find out how many servings of fruit and vegetables you need based on your age, weight, level of physical activity, and gender.

Source: National Cancer InstituteProduce for Better Health FoundationCenters for Disease Control

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