Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month

Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® is a national public health initiative created to encourage Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables—fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice. More than 90 percent of Americans eat fewer fruits and vegetables than the daily amount recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which ranges from 2 to 6 ½ cups.

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department encourages Eaton County families to increase the daily amount of fruits and vegetables they eat. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to be sure your family is getting the recommended daily value of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber and reduces the chance of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, some cancers and becoming overweight. An easy rule to follow to be sure you are getting enough nutrients is to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies for each meal.

One local resource available to make sure that your family is getting enough nutrients is the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Qualified individuals have access to Registered Dietitians, nutrition education and meal planning, supplemental foods, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care. During your first visit, staff will explain how the program works. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an infant or child under 5, you may qualify!

To see if you qualify for WIC, call the WIC office in Eaton County at (517) 541-2630. For more nutrition tips and tricks, visit the More Matters interactive website at www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. This helpful, practical, easy to use resource is designed to help families add more fruits and vegetables to their plates. In addition to the Get Smart! Tips, this website also offers recipes, serving ideas, fruit and vegetable storage suggestions, and shopping advice.

Article posted on September 4th, 2018.