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More Matters This Month

More Matters This MonthSeptember is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Produce for Better Health Foundation, Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month aims to promote the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.

But what does “more” mean? First off – let’s look at how much fruit and vegetables we should be eating per day:

And how much do we eat?

Well, not enough.

According to one CDC analysis of responses from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), in 2009:

  • No state met the Healthy People 2010 targets related to fruit & vegetable consumption among adults
  • Only 32.5% of adults ate fruit 2 or more times per day
  • Only 26.3% consumed vegetables 3 or more times per day

Wondering how your state stacks up?

  • Highest percentage of fruit goal intake is in Washington, DC where 40.2% eat fruit 2 or more times per day
  • Lowest percentage of fruit goal intake is in Oklahoma with 18.1% eating fruit 2 or more times per day
  • Highest percentage of vegetable goal intake is in Tennessee with 33% of adults eating veg 3 or more times per day
  • Lowest percentage of vegetable goal intake is in South Dakota with 19.6% of adults eating veg 3 or more times per day

So what can you do this Fruits & Veggies – More Matters month to increase intake?

  • Fight back with fruit snacksĀ  – when the mid-afternoon munchies hit, reach for fruit, aiming for 3 pieces per day
  • Color up your plate’s palate – make meals that feature at least 2 different colors of vegetables
  • Mix your meat with fruits & veg – take the plate space where all that meat used to go & replace half with fruit or veg
  • Branch out – try one new fruit or vegetable each week; check out a list of different fruits & vegetables from the USDA here
  • Shop smart – try out this shopping list for healthy foods tool available from CDC here

When you’re done bumping up your fruit & veg levels, celebrate! You can even send a CDC e-card to “share your newfound love for fruits and veggies” available here.

For more great tips for Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month, visit: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/.

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