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Healthy Eating Tips and Resources for Persons With Disabilities
Eating well enhances our well-being and health. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommends about 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables per day. Amounts can be adjusted to meet individual needs and recommendations. Try to include fruits and vegetables at every meal and during snack times. In fact, the more, the better because fruits and vegetables are natural sources of important nutrients such as fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. For tips, recipes and other information, go to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Eat a Variety!
Remember, too, that different forms of fruits and vegetables count – you can try fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juices. By eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in all colors, it assures a variety of nutrients in your daily diet and helps prevent chronic disease and illnesses.
Enjoy the Benefits!
Adding certain nutrients to your diet may provide important health benefits. While there are many nutrients in fruits and vegetables, the more common ones are:
To make food preparation easier, less time consuming and more convenient, try these tips:
The following easy to prepare recipes* will assist you in adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Join local cooking classes and attend community cooking demonstrations. Nutrition programs offered by the University of Illinois Extension help participants learn to eat nutritious foods, spend their food dollars wisely and keep their food safe. The following are some of the classes offered.
For more information about nutrition classes in your area, visit the University of Illinois Extension Web site at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/state/calendar.cfm.
This information sheet is prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health with a goal of promoting health and preventing secondary conditions among citizens with disabilities. Funding is provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a cooperative agreement. To learn more about the program and how to become involved, call 217 -782-3300 or TTY 800-547-0466.
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