To Your Health: Getting your 5 a day

Waikiki 6Do you eat your five a day?

If you do, you’re part of a minority.

Less than 2 out of 10 Hawaii adults eat at least five fruits and vegetables a day, according to 2011 Hawaii Department of Health statistics.

The figures for youth are worse.

Statewide, less than 18 percent of high school students say they eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables daily.

The reason all this matters, of course, is because good nutrition is key to a healthful lifestyle. Poor diets – coupled with sedentary lifestyles – can lead to obesity and other serious health problems.

Recently, the state Health Department warned that without intervention, more than half of Hawaii’s adults will be obese by 2030.

In 2011, about 24 percent of Hawaii adults were obese.

Tackling the obesity epidemic, the Department of Health said, will mean promoting the importance of regular exercise and healthful eating.

And that’s where those 5-a-day come in.

Need help incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet? Check out these resources:

  • Hawaii 5210 has healthful recipes and tips.
  • Get tips for healthful shopping on a budget and track your progress at ChooseMyPlate.
  • Find healthy weight calculators and other tools at the CDC.

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