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 NEW STANTON, Pa., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting five servings of

fruits and vegetables a day into a diet is easy, according to Mario Grana, produce manager of Shop 'n Save.
 With a little planning, "5 A Day" can become an integral part of everyone's eating habits, Grana said.
 Today, Dr. Louis Sullivan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announced that Americans currently eat 3.5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, 1.5 short of the minimum needed for good health. That may not sound like much for a day, but over the year, it is the same as eating no fruits and vegetables for more than three months.
 This dietary deficiency, confirmed by research from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and produce industry, can be solved by increasing awareness of the need for "5 A Day", Grana said. Consumers with the highest consumption of fruits and vegetables are the ones most aware of the need for "5 A Day" and the ones aware of the link between diet and disease, the research noted.
 According to the 1988 U.S. Surgeon General's report on "Nutrition and Health," for the two out of three adults who do not drink excessively or smoke, the single most important personal choice influencing long-term health is what they eat. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables -- to "5 A Day" -- may protect against health problems such as cancer and heart disease.
 The recent NCI study was funded by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, which is a co-sponsor with NCI in the "5 A Day" program. The foundation was formed by the produce industry to help increase awareness of the need for "5 A Day." Shop 'n Save is a member of the foundation and is proud to help its customers lead more healthful lives through better choices in their diets, Grana said.
 Only one-fourth of Americans eat the five or more servings of fruits and vegetables recommended by health authorities (such as the surgeon general and the National Academy of Sciences), the research showed. The average American eats 3.5 servings. Women score a little higher, at four servings, with men at three servings. In general Hispanic Americans tend to eat about three servings, compared to 3.5 for black and white Americans.
 Overall two out of three think that just one or two servings is enough for good health. Only 8 percent of American adults think that they should eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
 The new "5 A Day" campaign should fix that. Once consumers know they should eat five servings a day, they can put it into practice, Grana said, and the produce department can make it easy. Fruit juice and fruit on cereal for breakfast; a salad for, or with, lunch; a piece of fruit for a snack; and a vegetable with dinner quickly meet the "5 A Day" goal, Grana said. A serving is a medium piece of fruit, one-half cup cooked or raw vegetables or fruit, one cup of raw leafy vegetables, three-fourths cup of 100 percent juice, or one-fourth cup of dried fruit.
 In support of the "5 A Day" program, Shop 'n Save will strive to educated consumers through the use of in-store signage, and by providing vitamin and fiber content information in its weekly circulars.
 Shop 'n Save said it is proud to be a part of this nationwide health campaign. Shop 'n Save is a group of nearly 100 independently owned and operated supermarkets in the tri-state area. Shop 'n Save is supplied by Charley Brothers of New Stanton, a division of SUPERVALU Inc., the nation's largest independent wholesaler.
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