If I could be a color, I know I’d be red. As a heart attack survivor, you’ll often find me wearing red to raise awareness of the condition that almost killed me. To keep my body healthy, my diet is filled with red – apples, tomatoes, and peppers!
As a fellow You’re the Cure advocate, I know you must be colorful too! But what about your plate?
During June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to add color to their meals as part of its Healthy For Good™ movement.
I know this is hard for many Texans. Perhaps even you have difficulty adding fruits and veggies to your diet due to a lack of healthy food retail in your community. Together, we can help all Texans add color!
The AHA recommends 4 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day. Here’s how to add color to every meal and snack, using fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables. That’s assuming you have access to those healthy foods, though. For 3.4 million Texans, that’s not the case.
These Texans – our neighbors, family, and friends – simply don’t have the choice to add fruits and vegetables to their meals because they live in communities without healthy food retail outlets. This harms their health and increases their risk of heart disease and stroke.
I invite you to join with me this June to support improved access to healthy food across the state – through policy change to help bring grocery stores, corner stores, farmer’s markets, and more to areas that need them.
Join me to help all Texans add color!
- Sign the Closer to My Grocer petition to indicate your support of Texas grocery access.
- Discover my story and learn more about this issue in my recently published TribTalk article.
- Respond to this email to share your food access story.