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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
URGING THE DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, AND EDUCATION TO
   FURTHER ENCOURAGE CONSUMPTION OF FIVE OR MORE DAILY SERVINGS
   OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.



 1       WHEREAS, fruits and vegetables promote good health and a
 2   healthy lifestyle because, in most cases, they are low in fat
 3   and calories, contain no cholesterol, contain fiber, contain
 4   numerous essential nutrients, including vitamins and minerals,
 5   and contain phytochemicals which may provide additional
 6   protection against the risk of cancer and heart disease; and 
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 8       WHEREAS, national health authorities recommend that
 9   Americans increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables
10   to 5 to 9 servings per day to promote good health and reduce
11   the risk of cancer and heart disease; and
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13       WHEREAS, research shows that people who eat five or more
14   servings of fruits and vegetables per day have one-half the
15   risk of developing cancer as those who eat fewer servings of
16   fruits and vegetables; and
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18       WHEREAS, less than 40 percent of all American adults eat
19   the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables
20   per day, and only 26 percent of children aged 2 to 19 eat the
21   recommended five or more servings per day; and
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23       WHEREAS the Department of Health is striving to increase
24   public awareness of the importance of eating five or more
25   servings of fruits and vegetables per day for better health;
26   and
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28       WHEREAS, increased consumption of locally grown fruits and
29   vegetables promotes a sustainable environment; now, therefore,
30   
31       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
32   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
33   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Departments of Health,
34   Agriculture, and Education are urged to promote increased
35   awareness of the importance of eating five or more fruits and
36   vegetables per day; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 2   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Directors of
 3   Health, Agriculture, and Education.
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