Family First Health providers kick off ‘Eat Your Greens!’ campaign
Community health center focuses on fruits and vegetables as an important part of the conversation with your doctor and dentist
Central PA (3 March 2014) – An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Family First Health, a community health center in York and Adams counties, is encouraging patients to make fruits and veggies part of the discussion with their doctors and dentists. Through a series of events called “Eat Your Greens,” Family First Health is prescribing a healthier lifestyle to both patients and non-patients.
The campaign kicks off with a family friendly event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at York’s Central Market, where kids can snack on a healthy dip, show off their art skills with a coloring page, and strike a pose in the photo booth with Family First Health’s signature plush fruits and vegetables.
What you eat matters: Studies have shown that proactive health habits such as a well-balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables can provide cost efficiencies in health care coverage. A major study by National Institutes of Health showed a 58 percent reduction in new cases of diabetes over five years with a modest lifestyle and diet intervention with a 5 percent weight loss.
It can also contribute to a healthy mouth, a benefit that many overlook.
“Sugary foods, soda and energy drinks create a perfect environment for cavity formation,” said Joseph Mountain, dental director at Family First Health. “A healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables, along with brushing and flossing daily, will help to decrease the risk of cavities.”
The public can visit familyfirsthealth.org/greens for more information on the benefits of eating a healthy diet and tips on how to eat healthfully while on a budget. Follow Family First Health on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FamilyFirstHealth.
About Family First Health
Founded in 1970, York Health Corporation, now Family First Health, is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center dedicated to providing a broad range of primary health, dental care and social services at its sites on South George Street in York, Hannah Penn Middle School, Lewisberry, Hanover and Gettysburg. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, Family First Health offers a reduced fee program for the uninsured and accepts most other health insurances. For more information regarding the programs and services offered through Family First Health, please visit the website at www.familyfirsthealth.org. Se habla español.