Fishers, N.Y. – Concerned by bleak obesity statistics
released last month, the state’s apple industry group wants New Yorkers to know
that there’s a delicious weight loss solution close at hand: New York state
“Over the past
decade, obesity rates have fallen only for preschoolers,
that’s it,” says Linda Quinn, a Registered Dietitian and consultant to
the New York Apple Association. “It’s time for the rest of us to step up our
game, and the good news is that New York state apples make good nutrition
March is National
Nutrition Month, which presents a great opportunity to focus on eating better, says
National Nutrition Month theme is ‘enjoy the taste of eating right’, and the
number one way to eat right is to eat more fruits and vegetables,” says Quinn.
“Many people don’t realize that increasing their intake of produce daily can
change their lives.”
The keys to eating
more produce, says Quinn, are to make it available, make it easy and most
importantly, make it a habit. For example, simply
slicing apples is an easy way to get people eating more fruit, she says.
Apples, says Quinn, are nutrient dense, a top source of fiber, and because they
are grown right here in New York state there is a
flavor for everyone.
Quinn suggests 10
easy ways to eat more apples, improving health with every bite:
chopped apples to morning breakfast cereal.
apple to every lunch bag, brief case or backpack.
apples and place in lunchboxes with peanut butter for dipping.
thinly-sliced apples to green salads, along with goat cheese and walnuts.
sliced apples to slaw mix for the perfect sweet and crunchy side dish.
apple slices to stir fries and casseroles.
apples with onions and olive oil for a flavorful side dish.
homemade applesauce with cinnamon on the weekend.
sliced apples with cheese and crackers at dinner parties.
10.Try baked apples for a simple and low-sugar
The new national obesity
statistics, researched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, were
published Feb. 26 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The CDC data compares obesity rates from
2003-2004 to 2011-2012. Over that period, older children made no progress
against obesity, with nearly 18 percent of 6 to 11 year olds, and 20.5 percent
of 12 to 19 year olds, being obese. Researchers reported that overall there
were no changes in obesity rates among adults.
In New York state,
nearly one-quarter (24.5 percent) of adults in New York State are obese and
another 36 percent are overweight, an estimated 8.5 million residents. During the 2010-2011 and 2011-12 school years,
more than one-third (33.8 percent) of
public school students were overweight or obese, with 17.6 percent considered obese. Rates of obesity are higher among
public school students in middle and high school (18.2 percent) than among elementary school students. New York data
is per New York State Department of Health.
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·Registered Dietitian Linda Quinn is
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agricultural trade association based in Fishers, N.Y., NYAA
represents the state’s commercial apple growers. The grower-funded association
supports profitable growing and marketing of New York apples through increasing
demand for apples and apple products, representing the industry at state and
federal levels, and serving as the primary information source on New York
apple-related matters. For more information, visit www.nyapplecountry.com.