fruits vegetablesThis June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association encourages New Jerseyans to be Healthy For Good™.

Robbinsville, NJ — When you think of New Jersey summers, you think of the Jersey Shore and fresh produce at farm stands all over the state. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and the American Heart Association is encouraging Americans to add color to their meals throughout the month as part of their Healthy For Good™ movement. The movement is designed to inspire lasting change through small, simple steps in four key areas: Eat smart. Add color. Move more. Be well.

This June, add color to every meal and snack, because adding even one serving of color in the form of fruits and vegetables each day can help to build a healthier lifestyle.

The American Heart Association recommends 4 servings of fruit and 5 serving of vegetables each day. Fruits and vegetables in all colors and forms - fresh, frozen, canned and dried—count toward the daily servings recommended.

The average American adult eats about 1-1.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. Eating healthy and including fruits and vegetables in your diet is directly linked to a longer, healthier life. It can reduce the risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, multiple forms of cancer, and conditions like diabetes and hypertension which are linked to lower quality of life. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption alone can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 20 percent. Just 2.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily could reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If Americans ate just one more serving of fruits or vegetables per day, this would save more than 30,000 lives and $5 billion in medical costs each year, according to the American Heart Association.

This June, and all year long, the American Heart Association encourages New Jerseyans to eat healthier and add color to daily meals and snacks. Get free tips, recipes and resources at www.heart.org/FruitVegetableMonth or www.heart.org/HealthyForGood. The American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good™ Add Color initiative is nationally sponsored by Subway.

For free heart healthy recipes and cooking videos, visit www.heart.org/recipes