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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, more than 90 percent of both adults and children do not eat the amount of fruits and vegetables recommended by the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPlate nutrition guide.

The good news? September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. This month is designed to focus your attention on eating MORE fruits and vegetables. 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 vegetable or fruit every week.

This month, challenge yourself to include more produce (maybe something 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!

And to help keep you on track, below are some additional helpful tools:

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight

Fruits and Vegetables on a Budget

Whats in Season? Fall


National Health Observances September Toolkit

Fruits & Veggies More Matters