LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Nevada Health Department urges Nevada residents to ensure they are consuming enough produce after Governor Steve Sisolak declared September Fruit and Vegetable Month in Nevada.
The health department said Friday that 80% of Americans do not consume enough fruits and 90% do not consume enough vegetables, based on the guidelines of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The state health department said eating more fruits and vegetables may lead to better protection against serious illnesses from COVID-19.
“Appropriate consumption of fruits and vegetables will help reduce a person’s risk of developing chronic diseases and improve the management of chronic diseases. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the state, certain diet-related chronic illnesses increase the risk of developing serious illnesses “due to COVID-19 infection,” according to a press release from the Nevada Department of Health.
Ashley Jeppson of the state Department of Agriculture said consumers can also help Nevada’s economy shop for fruits and vegetables by buying from local producers.
“Consumers can support their health and Nevada’s economy by shopping at local producers,” said Ashley Jeppson, administrator for the Nevada Department of Agriculture. “Fruits and vegetables from local production do not have to travel that far to the consumer and can be harvested with the highest degree of freshness.”
A list of local producers in Southern Nevada is available on the Nevada Department of Agriculture website: https://agri.nv.gov/Plant/SCG/Local_Producers/
Nevada Grown, a nonprofit for sustainable agriculture in Nevada, has a list of local farmers markets across Nevada: https://nevadagrown.com/farmers-markets/
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