Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

Produce for Better Health Foundation

Father and daughter preparing dinner

Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits.

People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some types of cancer
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Make a difference: Spread the word about tips for healthy eating and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month make a difference?

We can use this month to raise awareness about the importance of getting enough fruits and vegetables.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Spread the word about programs that support local agriculture.
  • Encourage families and co-workers to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit or carrot sticks available and within easy reach.
  • Motivate local restaurants, stores, and other businesses to provide quality foods made with fresh fruits and vegetables.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

Healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime. Help your child eat healthy and stay physically active:

Use this locator to find a farmers market near you:

Try these healthy snacks for kids:

Want help choosing heart healthy foods? Take this shopping list with you to the grocery store:

Health Tip: For breakfast, top whole-grain toast with peanut butter and sliced bananas.

Know someone who could use help eating healthy? Use these tips to start the conversation:

Use the MyPlate calculator to get a personalized daily food plan:

Health Tip: Next time you go shopping, buy vegetables and fruits in a variety of colors.

Have you tried any new fruits lately? Get inspired:

Check out these tips for eating more veggies:

Find a farmers market near you where you can buy fresh fruits and veggies!

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Get Involved

Take action to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables.

  1. Host a brown-bag seminar for your co-workers. Invite a nutritionist to discuss easy ways to get the recommended daily servings of vegetables and fruits.
  2. Post information about a different vegetable or fruit every week on your employee bulletin board or email listserv. Include a quick and easy recipe.
  3. Partner with your local farmers market or community garden to offer vegetables and fruits at discounted prices in your workplace.
  4. Conduct a cooking demonstration using recipes full of vegetables and fruits for co-workers and friends.

Adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation
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