Eat your fruits and vegetables. It's not hard, and they'll help you stay fit. That's the message from state officials, who have launched a month-long educational campaign to support March's National Nutrition Month. Buying local produce will also provide the freshest and most affordable foods, say the officials from the departments of Agriculture and Health and Mental Hygiene.
The officials say 80 percent of heart disease, stroke and diabetes can be prevented by eating well, along with exercising and not smoking. A quarter of Maryland adults are obese and the rate of obese kids has more than doubled in the past two decades. Yet, nationally only 10 percent eat the recommended five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables. In Maryland about a quarter of adults eat the right amounts. Fresh, frozen and canned all count.