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Health Tips from the Mayor: Summertime Produce is at its Peak!

Posted: July 1, 2014

Summer is the time to increase fruits and vegetables in your diet—they are plentiful at this time and may even help with overall health through weight management and reduction in chronic diseases.

Eating a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables will provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other nutrients that are important for good health.

Compared to people who eat only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts—as part of a healthy diet—are likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. These diseases include stroke, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer and perhaps heart disease and high blood pressure.

Do you need to eat more fruits and vegetables? The following websites help with recipes and ways to incorporate produce into your diet:

Locate a nearby farmers’ market anywhere in the United States here: LocalHarvest. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to support local farmers and enjoy fresh produce!