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September is Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month

Posted by on August 31st, 2017 Posted in: Consumer Health, General (all entries), K-12
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This September, we’re urging you to eat more fruits and veggies. Many of us know the importance of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, but still, a lot of us aren’t getting enough.

As a reminder, why are fruits and vegetables so important to your diet?

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:

  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active

One easy tip for eating more fruits and vegetables is ensuring they make up half of what you eat, every time you eat a meal. And, all forms of fruits and veggies count! Whether it’s frozen, fresh, canned or dried, all types of fruits and veggies will benefit you.

Other tips for packing in more fruits and veggies include:

  • Keeping a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  • Cutting up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenging your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.

One thing to look out for though is fruit juice–oftentimes, it’s mostly sugar! When you’re buying fruit juice, make sure to look for containers marked as 100 percent juice. Anything less just won’t have the same benefits.

To learn more about Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month, please visit the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s website.

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