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It is generally recommended that young teens do not lose weight, but instead, try not to gain any more as they grow. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help. Click here for great recipes using fruits and vegetables, and here for help with ways to get more into your diet.


The wax that is used on fruits (and vegetables) is applied to stop them from drying out.

It is safe to eat. In fact it’s similar to the wax that is found in chocolate bars, so most of us eat it without even knowing!. Some wax will be removed when you wash your produce but it is not necessary to remove every last trace.


I’m sorry to hear that you feel that your school meals are unsafe. The Student Council might try to get help from the parents (a petition drive for example) then approach your Principal about improving the situation.

Most school lunches are supposed to provide 1/3 of some of the nutrients you need each day (protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C). As an athlete, you use more calories than other kids, and so need to eat more as well, but school meals do not always make allowance for this. Some schools provide an after school snack for students who stay for after school activities, so you might ask about getting this program in your school.


Healthy foods provide the nutrients, (like protein and vitamins), that our bodies need to be healthy. You can find some of the nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables by clicking here.


The new pyramid suggests 6oz of grains per day for some groups, including girls age 14-18 and boys age 9-13. Half your grains should be whole grains. These are in addition to the fruits and vegetables you should be eating each day. Click here to see how many fruits and vegetables you should eat each day.


You may preserve your peppers in a variety of ways, including freezing, drying and pickling. Click here to find instructions from the University of California at Berkley on how to do this. You can also find some great recipes for using peppers by clicking here.


It may be good for you to get some help from a Registered Dietitian. You can find one in your area by clicking here. I encourage you to attend any post-surgery nutrition classes offered by the hospital where you had your surgery. The nutrition staff offering these classes will be able to offer nutrition advice for both conditions.


I am not aware of any recommendation to reduce fruit intake for patients with cancer. While fruits do contain sugar, they also contain a whole array of nutrients that may be tremendously beneficial, and whole foods are a much better choice than supplements. (All our cells use sugar as a source of energy, and our body makes sugar from many foods we eat.) I suggest that your wife enjoy her fruits and vegetables. Click here to see how many servings are recommended each day. You might find it helpful to visit the websites of the American Institute of Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society for current recommendations, nutrition information and support groups.


Yes. Simply wash, remove the stalk, slice or shred, and freeze. You might consider freezing the amount you expect to use in the recipe in separate bags or containers, so that you will be able to thaw only the amount you want to use. You can find good zucchini recipes here.


The new Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® program has replaced the previous 5 to 9 A Day for Better Health Program. Although the current recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake for most adults are in the range of 7 to 13 servings a day, the program does not refer to specific numbers since recommendations are based on age, gender and activity level. Click here to see current recommendations. At this time, we do not have a downloadable picture of the logo. 

The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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