Eat Smart, Live Strong

Follow along with SNAP-Ed NY Nutrition Educators Erica and Bee as they show you how to reach your goals step by step!

Health experts recommend eating at least 3 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day. They also suggest participating in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week. 

What is a personal goal you have when it comes to eating healthy and being physically active?

Examples include:

  • “I will make more dinners at home instead of ordering.” -Cheryl
  • “I will get off the bus one stop early and walk to my doctor’s appointment.” -Ben 

These are great goals because these small changes can make such a big difference to our health.

The amount of fruits and vegetables a person should eat depends on their age, height, gender, and activity level. Older adults should eat 3 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Make sure half of your plate is fruits and vegetables each day. 

Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, they help t maintain regularity, they help prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, and they also are delicious!  

Being active your way is very important. Everyone has different limits to the amount of time they can spend on physical activity. What is perfect for one person might be too much for another person. Exercise helps prevent or delay effects of chronic disease, helps bones, muscles, and joints, improves overall strength, helps you feel better, decreases mild anxiety, depression, and stress, improves sleep, and prevents falls. 

Reflect on your day yesterday: how many cups of fruits and vegetables did you eat? How many minutes were you physically active yesterday?

Set a goal for the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat daily, and how much physical activity you will do next week. Refer to the logs on our website to help you plan your goals. 

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