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Do you offer materials that increase awareness of fruits and vegetables?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Q: I am the school nurse doing a series of classes to 2nd graders aimed at increasing awareness of fruits and vegetables. May I use the “Fruits

A: Please visit our kids’ webpage for ideas on how to get your  Read More

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Is microwaving food dangerous?

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Q: Why do you still promote microwaving as an option for cooking knowing the dangers of it and how it changes the molecules in food?

A: Microwaving food is completely safe. Any type of cooking changes the  Read More

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Must I eat 5 servings of fruits & vegetables every day?

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Q: Is it true that I must eat 5 servings of Fruits/vegetables every single day?

A: Your recommended number of cups of fruits and vegetables varies depending on your activity level and whether you are male  Read More

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How much basil does the Spinach Pesto Pasta recipe call for?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Q: how much basil in the spinach pesto recipe?

A:  1 cup fresh basil leaves, stems removed.  The Spinach Pesto Pasta recipe has been updated.  Thank you!

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Where can I find a bingo game for children featuring fruits and vegetables?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Q: Awhile ago you had on your website a kids activity page, like a bingo, where you could put the fruit/veggie PLU stickers on it…  I can’t find it anymore,  I would really like to get this again,  can  Read More

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Where can I find information on fruits?

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Q: Can you pls tell me what the fruits

A: You can find information on various fruits and vegetables in our fruit and vegetable nutrition database.

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Where can I find MyPlate educational and promotional materials?

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Q: How do I get some of the MYPLATEs?? Also would like some of the MYPLATE magnets?For my TOPs group!!Thanks

A: You can find MyPlate products as well as other fun and educational materials on fruits and vegetables in our online store.

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Do you need to remove the stickers on apples before serving?

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Q: When apples are on the menu, our lunch vendor rinses the apples before sending them to our classroom sites. Since they provide over 700 lunches, they do not remove the stickers from the apples prior to  Read More

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How is this program funded and where can I find your research?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Q: How is this program funded? Who is responsible for data collection and how often is data collected?

A: This site is funded by the Produce for Better Health Foundation.  Information about our research can be found here:

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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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