Health & Wellness




September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Month, an opportunity to bring greater attention to the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Did you know that adults in the U.S. only consume fruit about 1.1 times per day and vegetables about 1.6 times per day? Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits — however, fewer than 1 in 4 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits and fewer than 1 in 7 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day. 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 prevent obesity and high blood pressure. Here are some tips to build in more of what matters:

Tips for Eating More Fruits & Vegetables:

At Home

>  Add more fruits and vegetables to a favorite recipe (for example, add vegetables to your favorite pasta, grated carrots or zucchini to meat loaf, or fruit to a homemade dessert)

>  Add vegetables to your sandwich at lunch

>  Add canned, dried or fresh fruit to your salad (for example, canned mandarin oranges, dried cranberries or fresh apples)

>  Add vegetables to your soup, rice, or pasta at dinner

>  Cut up vegetables for easy access in your refrigerator

>  Try a new method for cooking vegetables (for example, grilling, roasting or sautéing)

At Work

>  Bring pieces of fruit to have on hand, and eat a piece when you get hungry

>  Keep a snack bag of dried fruit (like raisins or cranberries) in your purse or at your desk

>  Bring your lunch to work, and include at least two servings of fruits or vegetables, or try a fruit smoothie for your way in to work

Eating Out

>  Ask your server if you can choose vegetables for a side dish with your order

>  Enjoy a side salad with your lunch or dinner