Parish Nurse Health Tips for September 18, 2016

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FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE THE ITEM OF THE MONTH!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.                 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

When I walk into the grocery store these days, I am overjoyed with the abundance of garden produce. The farmers market in Bremerton has been full of fresh fruits and vegetables, too. It is easy to get our five servings of fruits and vegetables this time of year. The emphasis on health this month is just a perfect fit….
Let’s try to be good examples for our children and those who have less than healthy food cravings. Our scriptures for this week emphasize healthy eating to the glory of God. What a wonderful way to glorify Him and be a healthier person, too.
Check it out!! I have posted some helps and ideas on my bulletin board to help us with healthy eating and getting our kids to try/eat fruits and veggies. It also helps us grown-ups remember to include these two food groups in our diet for good nutrition.
Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.
However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
Maintain or reach a healthy weight to help keep your body strong and active.

Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health,
as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2 ESV

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

I hope you all are trying hard to get your 5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables every day. I’m going to be checking the lunch tables at school, so spread the word…
God’s blessings to each of you as we enjoy our beautiful fall weather and bounty.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace peaceparishnurse@comcast.net