The 5 A Day for Better Health Program gives Americans a simple, positive message-eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health. The program is jointly sponsored by the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Produce for Better Health Foundation, a nonprofit consumer education foundation representing the fruit and vegetable industry. The National Cancer Institute funds behavior change and communications research to determine strategies that are effective to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
The program objectives are simple:
- To increase public awareness of the importance of eating 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day for better health; and
- To provide consumers with specific information about how to include more servings of fruits and vegetables into daily eating patterns.
5 Easy Ways to 5 A Day!
- Have a fruit or juice at breakfast daily.
- Have a fruit or vegetable snack each day.
- Stock up on dried, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables.
- Make it visible.
- Microwave vegetables for dinner.
Quick and Easy Tips
- Microwave fruits and vegetables.
- Treat yourself to a delicious fruit desert.
- Spice up your vegetable dish with your favorite spices.
- Put fresh fruit or 100% fruit juice in your child's lunch box.
5 A Day Recipes
Growing up you've been told to eat your greens, but what about your reds, oranges, yellows and blues? This spring, 5 A Day for Better Health encourages Americans to "Sample the Spectrum" of the colorful fruits and vegetables available this season. By putting something of every color on your plate or in your lunch bag, you are more likely to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Just think: 1 cup of dark, leafy GREENS, ½ cup of RED tomatoes, ½ cup of YELLOW peppers, 6 oz. ORANGE juice and ½ cup of BLUEberries. And you have 5 A Day! It's quite simple when you Sample the Spectrum.
Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the 5-A-Day Nutrition Program.Source: http://www.5aday.gov)