Senator Lucio's Letterhead

PRESS RELEASE FROM SEN. EDDIE LUCIO, JR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez , Press Secretary
Phone: (512) 463-0385

SENATE APPROVES SEN. LUCIO'S BILL DECLARING APRIL "FRUIT AND VEGETABLE MONTH"

AUSTIN, TX -- The Texas Senate has given approval to a bill by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. that designates April as Fruit and Vegetable Month for Texas.

"Senate Bill 555 was necessary because unfortunately, only 23 percent of Texans report consuming the recommended levels of fruits and vegetables," said Sen. Lucio. "This number is unacceptable and needs to be raised by several levels. Declaring April Fruit and Vegetable Month will help encourage Texans to consume more fruits and vegetables."

Various studies have proven there are countless health-related benefits of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may prevent many chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends adults consume 3.5 to 6.5 cups (7 to 13 servings) of fruits and vegetables daily and children eat 2 to 5 cups per day (4 to 10 servings) depending on their ages. Ninety percent of Americans do not eat the recommended amounts.

I represent an area of Texas rich with fertile soil and a mild climate, ideal for growing some of the tastiest and most nutritious fruits and vegetables in the country," noted Sen. Lucio. "Nothing can compare to the Ruby Red Grapefruit grown here.

"But no matter where the fruits and vegetables are raised, our children and families should be eating a lot more of them."

The Senator is confident that his bill will "open the door of awareness to the people of Texas and will be part of the strategy to reach out and educate the public of the important contribution of fruits and vegetables in a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle."

Note: Staff member handling this issue for Sen. Lucio is Ms. Cassandra Boman, 512-463-0127. The bill is now in the House for consideration.

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