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National Nutrition Month

Eating healthier foods is one of the baby steps Healthy Lucas County wants everyone to take during National Nutrition Month – and all year long. After all, just 4% of Lucas County adults and 6% of youth eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the amount recommended to be healthy, according to Healthy Lucas County’s 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment.

Meanwhile, 19% of Lucas County adults and 13% of youth are obese, according to the health assessment. Obesity is a risk factor for numerous chronic conditions and other health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.

MyPlate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate dietary guidelines recommend that Americans:

  • Focus on variety, amount and nutrition. Make food and beverage choices from all five food groups – fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods and dairy – to get needed nutrients.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. Compare nutrition facts and ingredient lists on labels.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, make half your grains whole grains, consume low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and vary protein foods.

This handout has 10 tips for adding more vegetables to your day. Follow Healthy Lucas County on Pinterest for more healthy tips and recipes.

Nutrition in Lucas County

In Lucas County, 77% of adults reported no barriers to consuming fruits and vegetables, according to the health assessment. But 14% reported fruits and vegetables are too expensive, while other barriers to consuming them included not liking the taste (6%), not knowing how to prepare them (3%) and having no access (2%).

Healthy Lucas County’s chronic disease prevention and management team has worked to put more produce in neighborhood stores. Visit this web page for more information and a map of where Eat Fresh, Live Well stores are located.

The following infographic has more information about obesity in Lucas County.

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