The holiday season is a time of cheer, but also a time for unhealthy eating.
This year, resolve to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables
every day. Dr. Lorelei DiSogra is director of the Five A Day campaign
at the National Cancer Institute and has some tips on how to eat healthy
during the holidays:
"If you're hosting a party, serve lots of fruits and vegetables, like fruit salad, green salad, raw veggies and dip. That gives you options and it gives all your guests options too, because no one really wants to gain a lot of weight over the holidays or over eat at every single party. When you're attending holiday parties, head for the fruits and vegetables first, that will really help fill you up. Many of us bring food to parties and when you're bringing food, think about bringing fruits and vegetables, think about doing that for yourself and think about doing that as a special gift to all the other people at the party because then you'll be giving everyone another option for something that they can have and enjoy that has less calories in it."
If you want a brochure on eating five to nine during holiday time, contact the National Cancer Institute at
This is Kelly Persinger, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.