Follow along with SNAP-Ed NY Nutrition Educators as they show you how to reach your goals. Try to eat at least 3 ½ cups of fruits and vegetables each day and fit in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. What is a goal you have when it comes to eating healthy and exercising?
Here are some examples of goals when it comes to eating healthy and being physically active:
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 to 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.