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So Many Ways to Celebrate National Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month!

September brings a new season, a new school year and the opportunity to recommit yourself to a healthy lifestyle.  September is National Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month and this year there are more ways to show your support and get involved.

In line with the new USDA MyPlate icon, which reinforces the new dietary guidelines to make half your plate fruits and vegetables, Fruits & Veggies–More Matters has launched the MyPlate Makeover Challenge.  To participate, simply “like” the Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Facebook page and submit a photo of your healthy plate–one that is half filled with fruits and veggies.  You’ll automatically receive a coupon from one of our sponsors and each week one participant will be randomly selected to receive a $100 grocery gift card.  Talk about a win-win!  There are even sample healthy plates and suggestions to get you started.

The More Matters Pledge is another way to make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and battle obesity.  There are three pledges:

  • One-More-A-Day Pledge: Pledge to eat and help your family eat one more fruit or vegetable every day.
  • Half-My-Plate Pledge: Pledge to fill half your plate and half your family’s plates with fruits and vegetables at every meal.
  • My-School Pledge: Pledge to help your school provide more fruit and vegetable options.

You can choose one, two or all three depending on what works for you.  Once you take the pledge you’re provided with tips and ideas to get you started and keep you going.

I have decided to take the Half-My-Plate Pledge.  While my family and I do eat lots of fruits and veggies on a regular basis, I think consciously making sure that half our plates consist of fruits and vegetables will benefit us even more.  I don’t expect it to happen overnight and I’m sure I’ll have to work on my kids a bit, but what better time to take on this challenge than the start of a new season?  Wish me luck!!

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  1. All good suggestions here, and one more is to build more variety into your fruit and vegetable choices. See my suggestions at:

  2. MyPlate is a much better way to epialxn good nutrition to teens and adults. It’s easy to visualize that 50% of plate should be veggies & fruits, 25% protein and so on. The hard part is this: Translating the precepts of MyPlate’s nutrition recommendations into the modern fast-food diet. How do we reduce consumption of bread, pasta, potatoes, fries, rice, tortillas? These are all high calorie, low nutrition, government subsidized and inexpensive (e.g. highly profitable) and conveniently-available-everywhere food staples. It’s these foods are contributing to so many chronic illnesses and the epidemic of obesity in this country. Instead of these foods, how do we get people to load up on a pile of veggies or fruits instead? How are we to translate MyPlate into desirable, portable fast food that fits the lifestyles and budgets of Americans? Or, in other words, how will busy working adults, teens and college students be able to afford to eat off MyPlate? Especially since so many meals are eaten in the front seat of a car these days. These questions will need to be answered for healthier eating to become the norm for most Americans.

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