Healthy Buncombe: The Fitness and Nutrition Coalition

Healthy Buncombe

The Eat Smart Move More Coalition

Why Be Active and Eat Smart?

So what does it take to Be Active and Eat Well?

Cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. . . these are known as chronic diseases. These diseases cause 7 out of every 10 deaths in our country. The poor health and other problems and costs linked with these diseases also makes life harder and less enjoyable for millions of people.

The good news is that you can reduce your risk of chronic disease! Health experts tell us that people who are active and eat well are far less likely to suffer with chronic diseases.

Guidelines for good health say that you should get 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. It doesn’t have to be all at once. You can do it 10 minutes at a time. It also doesn’t have to be really hard. A walk, gardening, playing with a child, these can all make a difference.

Eating well starts with getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. What’s a serving? A medium-size apple or 5 large strawberries is a fruit serving. A vegetable serving is a cup of salad greens or half a cup of cooked vegetables. Switch to whole grains (such as brown rice and whole wheat bread) when you can. Other guidelines for eating well include cutting down on fat and salt in your diet. It’s easier than you think! To find out more, click below.

Tools for Eating Smart and Moving More in the Real World

If you are interested in eating smarter and moving more, check out these handouts from Eat Smart Move More North Carolina.