Health initiative launched

A campaign called PEACHES, an acronym for Promoting Education in Appalachia on Cancer and Healthy Eating Styles, encourages healthy eating.

A toll-free hotline is available to provide local residents with information about where to find fresh produce in the area. The number is (877) 346-6446.

The campaign is sponsored by the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition and Ohio State University. It is part of a five-year project funded by the National Institute of Health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that adults eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The recommended servings depend on a person’s age, gender and amount of physical activity. The suggested servings usually range from five to nine a day.

The PEACHES campaign hopes to increase the number of county residents eating the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Eating the right amount can help improve the health of residents.

The CDC states that fruits and vegetables are vital in promoting good health as they offer important vitamins and minerals that can help prevent many diseases. People who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce their risk of stroke, heart disease and certain cancers.

Fruits and vegetables can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked.

To get the most benefit, the CDC recommends eating fruits and vegetables of many different colors which contain nutrients such as fiber, foliate, potassium and vitamins A and C.