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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

This summer add more color to your diet and eat more fruits and vegetables.

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June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month! This is an important celebration of healthy fruit and vegetables because unfortunately, many Americans don't incorporate them into their daily diet. Right now only 10 percent of Americans consume the recommended 4.5 cups of total fruits and vegetables per day.

Dietary habits contribute to multiple cardiovascular risk factors including blood cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. At the same time, fruits and vegetables are an important part of a heart-healthy dietary pattern. A recent review concluded that increasing the portions of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

For a 2,000 calorie diet, the American Heart Association recommends 2 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of vegetables each day. The average American adult consumes around 1 to 1.5 cups of each daily. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimated that if Americans ate just one more serving of fruits or vegetables per day, more than 30,000 lives could be saved.

We know it can be difficult to manage an appropriate diet, especially in the summer when people are on the go. This is why the American Heart Association is working on legislation that would provide healthy snack choices in vending machines located on New Jersey state property. Supporting policies that provide healthy choices is a common-sense way to make the healthy choice the easy choice for New Jersey residents.

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