A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE A DIET OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

MANILA, NOVEMBER 29, 2003 (BULLETIN) BEING healthy and fit requires a commitment to eliminate bad eating habits and establish changes that will last a lifetime. The feedback is almost immediate because each day that we practice good eating habits, we will feel better and our bodies will function well. However, the fast pace of modern life interferes with sensible eating and often the temptation is overwhelming.

It is a fact that when we eat healthy, natural foods, we feel physically more energetic. A bad diet like poverty is a tragic feature of living not respective of time and place. Alarmed at the high incidence of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and other diseases caused by an unhealthy diet, the World Health Organization has launched a global campaign to encourage a diet of fruits and vegetables.

While the world continues to be concerned about poverty and hunger, seemingly as a result of unhealthy diets, modern day food items are being seriously scrutinized and studies are being made to show the public how one can be in good physical shape with a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and fish as one’s main daily fare.

A study done by the World Health Organization’s division for non-communicable disease prevention and control has proven that a fruit and vegetable-rich diet can save close to three million lives annually and that low consumption of fruits and vegetables is responsible for heart disease, gastrointestinal cancer, and strokes. A World Health Organization and Food and Agricultural Organization document also shows that a minimum daily consumption of 400 grams of fruits and vegetables helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The global campaign to encourage a fruits and vegetables diet provides us with a heightened awareness to avoid categories of food that can inhibit physical performance and recovery. Becoming healthy and fit requires a commitment to eliminate bad eating habits and establish good ones. Following the maxim “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’’ let us keep in mind that a good balanced diet mostly of fruits and vegetables is the key to good health and longevity.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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