November 5th marks National Health Day and therefore is the perfect time to start considering how you can improve your health. Many people believe that cutting back on the junk and substituting a salad every now and again is the solution to their health problems but it is never that simple. There is a saying that has been repeated time and again, “an apple away keeps the doctor away”, yet that is not the case according to the American Heart Association. The recommended fruit and vegetable intake is eight or more fruit or vegetable servings everyday. To put that into perspective, that is 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables a day for an average adult. This number may seem excessive to some, however fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, fiber and minerals which can help you control your weight and blood pressure. Finding ways to include these portions into your daily diet and routine may prove a little tricky, so the American Heart Association is sharing a free fruits and vegetables toolkit to help you figure out how to reach the recommended fruit and vegetable intake. Educate yourself today about how to better take care of your body and check out heart.org/NationalEatingHealthyDay for help to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption!

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