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Q: How can we improve our health?

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Q: How can we improve our health?

A: With better food.

The American Heart Association works every day to help you eat healthy. That’s why we hosted the third annual Healthier Food Leadership Summit. More than 50 public health, government and food industry representatives came together. These leaders talked about solutions to help you eat better food.

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Many of you have worked with us to tell food companies that you want healthier foods.  And with this Summit, momentum is building. We learned that in addition to raising your voice, you are voting with your wallet. Sales of “better for you” foods are going up. So are reputations of companies that offer them. The positive results are encouraging companies. Sugary drinks are being taken off kids’ meals. Companies are reducing sodium and sugar, and increasing whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

We will keep working to help you eat healthy through policy, collaboration and innovation. Remember we need your help! You can impact your own health and your family’s health right now.

June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. This is a perfect time to add color to your meals. Fill at least half your plate with fruits and veggies. This way, you can get to the recommended 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruits each day. Eating lots of different produce may help you control your weight and blood pressure by giving you the different types of nutrients your body needs.

Fruits and vegetables are typically:

  • High in:
    • vitamins
    • minerals
    • fiber
  • Low in:
    • calories
    • sodium

A new report gives you even more reasons to eat the good stuff. The report highlights successful efforts from states across the U.S to give people more access to fruits and vegetables. It also describes the challenge of how people get access to fruits and vegetables. Only one out of ten adults in the U.S. get enough produce on their plate. One solution? Make healthy food easier to access!

We’ve got some work to do and now’s the time to do it. Can we count on you to lead by example and work with us to create a healthier food supply for a healthier nation? Tell us below.