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!!