5-2-1-0 is a healthy lifestyle campaign to help volusia county residents attain optimal health.
Eat Your Colors!
Brighten your plate with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, they are low calorie and provide dozens of health benefits.
From the heart healthy soluble fiber to the vitamin C we need every day. Research has shown that consuming adequate fruits and vegetables can help prevent disease and even slow the aging process.
Did You Know... Fruits and vegetables:
Provide vitamins and minerals which are important for heart health, growth, and repair of body tissues.
Support your body's immune function.
Fruits and vegetables assist with feelings of fullness.
Help the digestive system work properly.
Replacing processed foods with fruits and vegetables can help you maintain a healthy weight.
What You Can Do!
Here are some simple things you and your family can do to make sure everyone Eats 5:
Make half of your meal or snack fruits and vegetables.
Keep a bowl of fruit on the counter and sliced veggies in the refrigerator for easy grab and go snacks.
Think variety and color. Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables throughout the week.
Keep a shopping list on the refrigerator and get the whole family involved. If children help plan meals they are more likely to try new fruits and vegetables.
Offer "new" foods more than once and in more than one way. Children may need to taste a food over ten times before they will like it.
Avoid frying foods. Steam, bake, or stir-fry vegetables for tasty meals and snacks.
Make a list and stick to it. Enter the store and buy only what you need. You will save time and money.
Shop in season. Buying fruits and vegetables in season generally means the food will taste better, be more affordable, and provide greater nutritional value.
Look for specials. Choose fruits and vegetables that are on sale or "Buy One Get One Free."; Use coupons for items that you frequently buy.
Grow your own garden of vegetables.The University of Florida has excellent resources to help you start a garden in your own back yard. There are many options even for small spaces like porches and balconies.
Find a farmers market in your neighborhood.There are over 15 farmers markets in Volusia County.
A whole fruit the size of a tennis ball
1/2 cup of chopped fruit or vegetables
1 cup of raw, leafy greens
1/4 cup of dried fruits
An amount equal to the size of the palm of their hand
You do not have to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Try frozen or canned fruits and vegetables too!
Fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of the season and then immediately canned or frozen, which preserves their nutritional value.
Canned and frozen items are easy to store and are already washed and cut.
They often cost less than fresh fruit and vegetables.
Choose canned vegetables that have no salt added and season to taste.
Choose fruit packed in their own juice, not in syrup.