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September Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month

Produce for Better Health Foundation

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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 for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.

However, many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

  • Fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

The good news? 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 to make small changes, like keeping fresh fruit or carrot sticks 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: http://bit.ly/2cMeOlF

Use this locator to find a farmers market near you: http://1.usa.gov/okPPzA

Try these healthy snacks for kids: http://1.usa.gov/WKA2wC

Want help choosing heart healthy foods? Take this shopping list with you to the grocery store: http://1.usa.gov/16oTNRu

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: http://1.usa.gov/X30mSU

Use the MyPlate calculator to get a personalized daily food plan: http://bit.ly/29Qo56p

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: http://bit.ly/1NxRUDU

Check out these tips for eating more veggies and try something new: http://bit.ly/1Y28h4o

Find a farmers market near you where you can buy fresh fruits and veggies! http://1.usa.gov/1KhaGAJ

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) E-cards

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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 employees. 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. Include a quick and easy recipe.
  3. Partner with your local farmers market or community garden to offer vegetables and fruits at discounted prices.
  4. Ask a local grocery store representative to present tips on how to buy affordable, high-quality fruits and vegetables.
  5. Conduct a cooking demonstration using recipes full of vegetables and fruits.

Adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation
For more information and materials, contact the Produce for Better Health Foundation at KStevens@PBHFoundation.org.

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