Like most Americans, you may not be getting the recommended 5 cups of fruits and veggies every day. Eating more fruits & veggies has been linked to healthier hearts, reduced risk of chronic disease, and overall good health. At Wegmans we call it “Strive for 5” to emphasize that we all need to work hard to get those 5 cups into our daily diets.
What counts as a cup?
Tips for including more fruits & veggies:
Keep a bowl of fruit on the counter or by the front door. Place cut-up veggies in the fridge for a quick, easy snack.
No time to clean & chop veggies? Bagged salads, pre-cleaned and peeled, chopped or diced vegetables, mirepoix and soup mixes make it so easy!
Have your child help wash fruits & veggies, use a plastic pizza cutter to cut bell peppers, or use fingers to snap off beans and asparagus ends. Cut and arrange them into fun shapes and serve with a dip.
Physical activity is a key to good health. Any movement counts as physical activity. In fact, many ordinary things like cleaning the house, yard work or walking the dog qualify. Use a pedometer or fitness app how much activity you usually do. Gradually add activity over several weeks and build to a goal of 10,000 steps a day, or at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. You will be more fit and have more energy!
How we help:
Diets come and go, but the bottom line is that calories really do count. Watching portions is the best way to keep calories in check, but the quality of your calories also counts.
How we help:
Want an easy way to watch your portions? Make all of your meals, snacks, and even desserts “Half-Plate Healthy.” This means filling half your plate with fruits & veggies, and half with anything else! This helps you work toward your Strive for 5 goal while keeping portions sizes on the other side of your plate in check.
We’ve put together a few calorie comparisons to help you visualize what’s on your plate and in your cup.
Consistently measuring your “progress” by keeping track of your “numbers” with simple tools like the bathroom scale, a tape measure or even a blood pressure cuff can help keep you motivated to stay fit and eat better.
How we help:
A conversation with our knowledgeable pharmacists can help you understand what your numbers mean, how your medications work, and why it’s important to take them as prescribed. They are here to encourage you as you move toward a healthier, better life!
The free, fun way to measure and track your blood pressure, pulse, weight, and BMI, located in our pharmacies. You can also track your measures and sync your fitness device using the Higi mobile app.