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POSTED May 29, 2012 6:47 p.m.

And, given the bountiful fields of the San Joaquin Valley that supply much of the nation’s vegetables and fruits, living here we have access to fresh local produce from roadside produce stands to farmers’ markets.

Fruits and vegetables deliver the most vitamins and nutritional benefits when they are eaten soon after being harvested. Vitamins like A, C, E, and some B start to lose some of their nutritional value after being picked. Some studies point to an average of 1,500 miles that food travels from farm to store, which could allow for nutrients to be lost during shipping.

But, even if the fruits and vegetables are grown outside the local region, the health benefits they possess, as-well-as that of a balanced diet, and exercise, cannot be underestimated.

The newly-revised dietary guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture places a strong emphasis on reducing calorie consumption, and increasing physical activity.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans focus on balancing calories with physical activity, and encourage Americans to consume more healthy foods like; vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat dairy products, and seafood. Also  consume less sodium, saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and refined grains.

“Helping Americans incorporate these guidelines into their everyday lives, is important to improving the overall health of the American people,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The new Dietary Guidelines provide concrete action steps to help people live healthier, more physically active and longer lives.”

Among the tips the Dietary Guidelines offers are:

• Enjoy your food, but eat less.

• Avoid oversized portions.

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

• Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers.

• Drink water instead of sugary beverages.

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