LYNBROOK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is some discouraging analysis coming from doctors and hospitals across Long Island.
The region is lagging behind the rest of the state when it comes to eating enough fruits and vegetables, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Thursday.READ MORE: Vietnam War Veterans Mark Somber Anniversary On Long Island: 'We Are Forgotten A Lot ... Because We Didn't Win, Supposedly'
Buying broccoli is more expensive than a bag of chips.
“People eat a lot of fast food because it’s easy,” one woman said.
Although more farm markets are moving into underserved areas of Long Island, it is barely making a difference, experts say.
“Obesity has become the number one public health problem in our country today,” Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen said.
At a recent health fair in Lynbrook, members of the 1969 world champion Amazin’ Mets, first baseman Ed Kranepool and outfielder Art Shamsky, inspired those who are working to stay active, including the Long Island Harmonica Club band.
“After I got through playing professional baseball I realized that as I was getting older that I wanted to stay in better shape and wanted to live longer. Part of that is eating right and doing the exercise,” Shamsky said.
“I’m retired from baseball, but certainly I’m still active every day in the business world,” Kranepool added.READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: Divine Nine Fraternities, Sororities Offer Lifetime Of Brotherhood, Sisterhood For African Americans
The former Mets stars said they were discouraged to learn that Long Islanders are consuming fewer fruits and vegetables compared with other regions in the state.
According to a new analysis from the Long Island Health Collaborative, habits need to change, beginning with heads of households.
“If you chop up the fruit or the vegetables and put it out in a bowl the children are more likely to eat that,” said the Collaborative’s Janine Logan.
Now lobbying for better access to affordable fresh — not fast — food, which can change behaviors and open minds.
Be a good role model. If you are eating fruits and vegetables, studies show your habits will carry over to the rest of the family. And if you don’t like a particular food, why say so?MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine: Memorial Sloan Kettering Patients Voice Frustration Over Lack Of Doses At New Jersey Sites
Parents are being urged to use fruits in frosty drinks and veggies as snacks — with a dip, if needed.