September Designated as Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month (image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)September has been designated as “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month,” an officially recognized National Health Observance, HealthFinder.gov, a website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, announced.

“Every September, Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month promotes the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables,” HealthFinder.gov states.

This National Health Observance is sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

According to HealthFinder.gov, “Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet that can help protect you from:

  • Heart disease
  • Bone loss
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Some cancers, such as colorectal cancer.”

To learn how many servings of fruit and vegetables you need based on your age, weight, level of physical activity, and gender, visit  MyPlate.gov.

More Resources on the Importance of Fruits and Vegetables in Your Diet

Resources from the Produce for Better Health Foundation

The Produce for Better Health Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by the Produce Marketing Association and a number of private companies in the produce industry, operates the FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters website, where it provides information and resources promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Among the resources provided for Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month are the following:

Resources from the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides many resources on its Fruits and Vegetables resource page, as well as the following publications:

Resources from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Food and Nutrition Information Center – also provides links to a number of resources on Fruits and Vegetables for Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month.

More Information

For more information on healthy diet and other lifestyle factors that promote wellness and prevent diseases, see the HelpingYouCare® resource pages on Wellness/ Healthy Living for Seniors & Caregivers, including:

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