The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Cancer
Institute recently announced a national campaign to reduce the risk of
chronic diseases among African-American men. The campaign will focus on
motivating African-American men to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables
a day to reduce their risk for diet-related diseases that disproportionately
affect the African-American community. Lorelei DiSogra--director of the
national "5 A Day for Better Health Program"--says...
"It's very easy to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day,
as long as you're eating fruits and vegetables at every meal and for snacks--that's
really the key. And so, I think it's an issue of having juice in the morning,
and having a piece of fruit as a snack in the morning, having a large
salad with lunch, fruits and vegetables as snacks throughout the day,
and then a large serving of one or two vegetables at dinner. We really
recommend that people eat colorful fruits and vegetables every day. And,
there are five colors to think about--yellow/orange, red, green, white,
and blue/purple fruits and vegetables. And, when you eat colorful fruits
and vegetables, you're getting all the essential nutrients that you need--as
well as the vital chemicals that are in fruits and vegetables which help
you fight disease."
For a copy of a new booklet for African-American men about the health
benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables - and tips on how to eat
"9 A Day" - call the National Cancer Institute's "Cancer
Information Service," at 1-800-4-CANCER. This is Calvin Jackson,
The National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.