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Healthy Lifestyles by Kelli Bonifer

Nine fruits and veggies a day?

You've probably heard of 5-A-Day, the advice that eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day is good for your health. Well, get ready for . . .

"5 to 9 and feelin' fine", a message designed to help Americans eat even more fruits and vegetables.

As we struggle with the battle of the bulge, larger portions of our diet should come from colorful fruits and vegetables which are lower in calories and richer in nutrients.

5 to 9 may sound like a lot, but remember that's servings - not different kinds of foods. Each 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad is a serving. One medium piece of fruit is a serving - and bigger pieces of fruit may provide 2 or 3 servings.

The bottom line is, the more fruits and vegetables, the better your chances of feelin' fine - so aim for 5 to 9!

For all your home and food questions, contact:
Kelli BoniferCounty Extension Agent for Family & Consumer SciencesAdair County Cooperative Extension ServiceP. O. Box 309, Columbia, KY 42728
PHONE: (270) 384-2317FAX: (270) 384-9167

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