Is Your Parent Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies? The CDC Doesn’t Think So!

Senior Care in Columbus NJ: Is Your Parent Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies? The CDC Doesn’t Think So!

Senior Care in Columbus NJ: Is Your Parent Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies? The CDC Doesn’t Think So!

It’s probably no surprise to you (or anyone else!) that eating fruits and vegetables has a lot of health benefits. Thought that’s common knowledge, it seems that Americans don’t do a very good job of getting enough of them. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that only 12 percent of people in America eat enough fruit. Worse yet, only 9 percent of us eat enough vegetables.

How Much Is Enough?

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Some of the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are:

  • The fiber in fruits and vegetables makes them filling, so they can help older adults to eat fewer calories.
  • They can reduce risks for some diseases, including heart disease, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals.

The experts at WebMD say that adults should eat about one and a half to two cups of fruit each day. The recommended amount of vegetables is two to three cups. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with making fruits and veggies an even bigger part of a senior’s diet. But, according to the CDC, only one out of every ten adults in the U.S. eats more than the recommended amount of fruits and veggies.

Why Don’t People Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies?

There are several reasons that a person might not eat enough fruits and vegetables. One reason may be because of the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables. The CDC’s report showed that people who are wealthy are more likely to eat more produce. The area a person lives in can also play a role, since some areas don’t have access to fresh produce. And, finally, many people believe that fresh vegetables are difficult and time consuming to prepare.

How Can a Home Care Provider Help Seniors Eat Better?

A home care provider can help your aging family member to eat more fruits and vegetables in a number of ways. First, a home care provider can drive the senior to the grocery store or farmer’s market to purchase fresh, frozen, or canned produce. All forms of produce count – it’s just important to look for canned options that contain less sugar or salt. Home care providers can handle the tougher parts of produce preparation, like peeling and chopping. Or, if the older adult doesn’t like to cook or isn’t able to, a home care provider can prepare the entire meal. If your family member likes to grow their own vegetables, a home care provider can help them with that, too, by carrying the heavy watering can and assisting with picking.


If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Columbus, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-439-1300.

About Mariela Vila Mc Carrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.
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