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Celebrate National Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month in September

Posted by neocaablogger on September 28, 2010

In Oklahoma, 67
percent of adults and almost one in every three children are
overweight or obese, according to the Oklahoma State Department of
Health (OSDH) Chronic Disease Service.  In addition, Oklahoma
consistently ranks among the lowest states in the consumption of
fruits and vegetables.  A recent report by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention showed Oklahomans eating the fewest numbers
of fruits and being in the bottom 10 states for the consumption of
vegetables. 

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Strong & Healthy Oklahoma are
encouraging all consumers to make a pledge to eat more fruits
and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables not only provide
valuable nutrients to fight disease, but they are critical in
the fight against obesity.  Eating fruits and vegetables is a
sound investment in long-term health, and can be a very
inexpensive part of a healthy lifestyle.  Adding more to your
diet is easy when you remember that all product forms count –
fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice.

 

Increasing fruit
and vegetable consumption is also a goal of the recent Oklahoma
Health Improvement Plan
and the Oklahoma
Physical Activity & Nutrition Plan
, both adopted
by the Oklahoma State Board of Health. The plans target key
areas for improving Oklahoma’s poor national health rankings
in the
"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s
Future" report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

For simple tips on how to add more
fruits and vegetables to your diet including recipes, nutrition
information, tips for getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables,
and even videos, visit
www.ok.gov/strongandhealthy.


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