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What is the Five-A-Day Program?
5-A-Day for Better Health is a national program and partnership that seeks to increase the number of daily servings of fruits and vegetables that Americans eat to five or more. The 5-A-Day program encourages easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your daily eating patterns.
Why We Need Five-A-Day?
A daily diet high in colorful fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, combined with daily physical activity, can help fight overweight, obesity, and other related chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.
Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. Additionally, they are high in fiber, which is filling.
Do Hoosiers Consume Enough Fruits and Vegetables?
According to the Indiana Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the percentage of adults consuming at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily remained the same from 2003 to 2005 (22.1% and 22.0%, respectively). The 2005 Indiana Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) shows a statistically significant decrease in the percentage of students who ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables in the past seven days (15.5%) in comparison to the 2003 results (20.3%).
Eat 5 to 9 Colorful Fruits and Vegetables Every Day
For everyone, 5-A-Day is an essential daily dietary practice for a healthier life. Research has demonstrated the unique disease-prevention capacity and long-term health benefits of consuming a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
Eating five to nine servings of colorful fruits and vegetables daily is essential for optimum health. It’s important to eat from all color groups (red, yellow/orange, white, green, and blue/purple) to get the full health-promoting benefits of fruits and vegetables.
For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/5aday/
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