Children Who Eat Fruits & Veggies May Cut Heart Disease Risk

Nov 30, 2010 – A new study published in Circulation suggests that children who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may be able to help ward off atherosclerosis, a precursor of heart disease, in adulthood.

Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries, eventually narrowing and stiffening the arteries and leading to heart problems. It’s a process that can take years, even decades, and this study shows a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, even in childhood, can help prevent the condition.

We already knew that fruits and vegetables can be great sources of key nutrients which may play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases, but this study takes knowledge about diet and heart health a step further. It gives parents and pediatricians yet another reason to encourage children to consume more fruits and vegetables.

Getting kids involved in shopping for … and cooking … fruits and veggies is a great way to increase interest in eating them. There are many kid-friendly recipes available that make cooking fun for kids … and introduce them to new tastes.

Our Fruit & Veggie Color Champions™ use games, coloring, puzzles, and rhymes to help teach children about the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies. Also check out Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign for more information on steps you can take to help keep your kids healthy.

What can you do right now? Become a role model and make a commitment to a live a healthier life by taking America’s More Matters Pledge: Fruits & Veggies…Today and Every Day!

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