September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters® Month
Monday, September 5, 2016
The Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) is celebrating Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month by promoting the many benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies. Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month highlights the importance of healthy eating in keeping our community strong and healthy.
“Adding more fruits and veggies to your diet doesn’t have to be expensive,” said DHPE Project Director Cheryl Welbeck. “There are many low-cost or no cost alternatives.” For example, you may add chopped vegetables to pasta sauce or replace your afternoon snack of a bag of chips with an apple. And simple changes like these can really pay off—eating healthy can help lower the risk of many chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Fruits and veggies are also delicious! This is a great time to try a new recipe that features produce—or to bring home a fruit or vegetable that your family hasn’t tried before for fun. Remember, good habits start early—if you have kids, encouraging them to eat lots of fruits and veggies can go a long way in helping them develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. To get you and your family started, follow Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month activities on Twitter.
Currently, DHPE is implementing a National Implementation and Dissemination to Prevent Chronic Disease Program to increase access to healthy foods through population-based strategies at the community level. This effort focuses on improving nutrition, enhancing community linkages for clinical care, increasing physical activity, improving chronic disease prevention, and reducing tobacco use and exposure through community engagement that supports opportunities to make healthy living easier where people live, learn, work, and play.
This program is part of a larger initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Community Health to demonstrate promising practices other communities can replicate. To learn more about the 47 communities implementing such efforts to improve community health, visit www.bit.ly/Partnering4Health2.