Promote the adoption of Fruits & Veggies More Matters
Nutrition experts currently recommend that Americans eat, 2-6 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Americans should include fruits and vegetables with a spectrum of colors: red, yellow/orange, blue/purple, white, and green, since they contain a variety of healthful antioxidants. Diets that are high in vitamins A and C and fiber may reduce risk of chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables are rich sources of these nutrients. People who eat more than 2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily have half the risk of developing cancer as those who eat less than 2 cups per day. Thirty-five percent of all cancer deaths may be related to poor dietary habits.
Here are some ways to promote the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters campaign:
- Promote Fruits & Veggies-More Matters TM month/week in September.
- Host an employee health fair and include information on fruits and vegetables.
- Involve cafeterias and vending companies in promoting fruits and vegetables.
- Give Farmers’ Market coupons as employee recognition awards.
- Hold cooking demonstrations using fruits and vegetables.
- Write Fruits & Veggies-More Matters TM articles for your corporate newsletter.
- Solicit articles, recipes, and events related to Fruits & Veggies-More Matters TM from employees for your newsletter.
- Develop policies on having fruits or vegetables served at all worksite meetings where food is offered.
About Produce: www.aboutproduce.com
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
Penn State Cooperative Extension, Luzerne County: http://luzerne.extension.psu.edu/
Pennsylvania Dietetic Association: http://www.eatrightpa.org
National Cancer Institute: http://www.cancer.gov
Produce for Better Health: http://www.pbhfoundation.org or www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org