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For Release: Sept. 21, 2010 
Contact:  Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
(405) 271-5601

Strong and Healthy Oklahoma Supports “Eating Better”

Celebrate National Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month in September

In Oklahoma, 67 percent of adults and almost one in every three children are overweight or obese, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Chronic Disease Service.  In addition, Oklahoma consistently ranks among the lowest states in the consumption of fruits and vegetables.  A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed Oklahomans eating the fewest numbers of fruits and being in the bottom 10 states for the consumption of vegetables. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Strong & Healthy Oklahoma are encouraging all consumers to make a pledge to eat more fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables not only provide valuable nutrients to fight disease, but they are critical in the fight against obesity.  Eating fruits and vegetables is a sound investment in long-term health, and can be a very inexpensive part of a healthy lifestyle.  Adding more to your diet is easy when you remember that all product forms count – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice.

“Eating better is a key message of the Strong & Healthy Oklahoma initiative,” said OSDH nutritionist Landon Norton. “Every step taken toward eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more physical activity moves us toward a Strong & Healthy Oklahoma.”

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is also a goal of the recent Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan and the Oklahoma Physical Activity & Nutrition Plan, both adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Health. The plans target key areas for improving Oklahoma’s poor national health rankings in the "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" report by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

For simple tips on how to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet including recipes, nutrition information, tips for getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables, and even videos, visit www.ok.gov/strongandhealthy.

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