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New Hampshire

April 11, 2014

N.H. falls short on fruits, veggie servings

N.H. residents - better than average - still fall short on recommended servings

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Simonsen said it’s about making conscious decisions.

He had made them throughout the day and expected to get in his five servings.

Simonsen had strawberries, blueberries, two bananas and a salad before dinner.

“I’m on four, almost to five,” he said early yesterday afternoon.

Simonsen said First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to encourage healthy eating and the development of farmers’ markets in many communities is helping, but statistics show there is a lag in adopting that lifestyle approach.

A challenge for some is knowing how to prepare fruits and vegetables, he said.

“Gardening is another way people have been introduced to increasing fruits and vegetables into their diet,” he said.

If people aren’t eating fruits and vegetables, they’re missing out, said Salem farmer John Peters, who with his brother, Mike, operates the Peters Brothers Farmstand.

“They are missing out on the health benefits. Fruits and vegetables are low fat, low in sodium,” Peters said.

“And they are missing the great taste,” he said.

Their farmstand will be open for the season in June, with strawberries up first, followed by corn and tomatoes in July.

“Eat more fruits and vegetables,” Peters said. “It’s proven that people live longer, healthier lives.”

Simonsen’s advice on fruits and vegetables: “Eat your green beans tonight.”

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