Thursday, September 8, 2011

September is Fruits & Veggies — More Matters Month

Most Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables...

Research shows that fruit and vegetables are important to promoting good health. Yet, the majority of Americans are not getting the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables they need each day.

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases, including stroke, other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers. However, it can be difficult for many Americans to eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables because they might not be easily accessible, available, or affordable.

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables each day. To help you get started, check out CDC's 30 Ways in 30 Days for tips on eating more fruits and vegetables without breaking your budget.

As an individual or an organization, you can also pledge to help spread the word:
  • Become a fan of CDC's Facebook page.
  • Share our posts throughout the month with your fans and friends.
  • Follow CDC on Twitter and tweet and re-tweet information and links.
  • Send an e-card to your friends, family, neighbors and teachers.
There is much more information available online, as well, including resources for individuals and organizations to help in advocacy campaigns at:
For Colorado-specific information on physical activity and nutrition, be sure to keep up with the Colorado Physical Activity and Nutrition Program.

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