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September is Fruit & Veggies – More Matters Month


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 7 adults eat the recommended amount of fruits every day.
  • Fewer than 1 in 10 adults eat the recommended amount of vegetables every day.

The good news? September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. This month is designed to focus your attention on eating MORE fruits and vegetables. Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption.


Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:

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

This month, challenge yourself to include more fruits and vegetables (maybe some you’ve never tried) in your diet. Use the Fruit and Veggie Tracker to keep a log of how much you consume each day. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!


Below are some additional helpful tools:

Improve Your Health While Enjoying the Season’s Colorful Produce

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight

Click here to view healthy menu ideas for Fall.


Sources:

National Health Observances September Toolkit