American Coronary heart Affiliation offers again to the Pittsburgh neighborhood with free, recent produce – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – So many people are struggling to pay the bills and that can mean nutritious foods are out of budget.

For this reason, the American Heart Association is giving away fresh produce in our region for the next six months. It’s a rainbow of health – fresh apples, carrots, bananas, peppers, and more – all free for those who drive to St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in East Liberty.

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Church Reverend James Harris said: “We believe that people should eat healthy. When you eat healthily, you have a healthy body, and a healthy body can fight off viruses and other things that come into our lives. “

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Reverend Harris says that many people in the East End need help, and it is a way to make people’s lives better. Leroy Mobley picks up bags of products for several people.

“Some people, even those with work, can live payday after payday and in need,” says Mobley. “It really matters because some people are really desperate.”

A 2017 review of 95 studies in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, or about 2.5 cups, slightly reduced your risk of heart attack and stroke.

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And 10 servings a day, or 5 cups, can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by 28 percent and premature death by 31 percent.

Lauren Rauscher, Community Impact Director at the American Heart Association, said, “Healthy nutrition is the foundation of cardiovascular health, and 80 percent of cardiovascular health is influenced by social determinants of health such as access to food. So 20 percent are more genetic and 80 percent are things that we can do something about. “

The American Heart Association hosts these markets primarily in low-income areas for easy access. They also deliver the bags to seniors and run markets in senior centers.

They plan to reach 100,000 people in the region in the next six months. Jasmine Taylor drove from Aliquippa to East Liberty to pick up products with her children.

“That’s great,” said Taylor. “I always try to support something in order to be healthier and to lead a healthier life.”

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Please visit the American Heart Association website here for a schedule of the pop-up product markets.

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