Publisher’s Note: Fruits and veggies – more matters month


Many may not know that September is national “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” month. The Produce for Better Health Foundation offers the “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” initiative as a simple, user-friendly way to get expert cooking advice, nutrition information, and shopping tips.

As kids are getting back in school, it’s important to help them maintain a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables. But as the parents of a quickly growing 12 year old boy, my wife and I know how difficult it can be to help keep your child on track, especially when the hectic fall school schedule comes into the equation of the daily routine.

The website offers activity sheets to get your child actively involved in purchasing and eating fruits and vegetables. “Eat Your Colors Everyday” sheet helps your child learn about selecting variety; “I’m Stuck on Fruits & Veggies” sheet is a hands-on way to get your children eating healthier; and “All Forms Count!” sheet helps kids get involved with the selection process at the grocery store.

These sheets are just some proactive ways to get your kids eating healthier and getting good nutrition.

In honor of “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters” month, our Healthy Cook topic on page 22 helps address “the cure for the common fruit” with preparation and eating solutions to liven up your produce.

Enjoy these tips and all of the great features in store for you in this edition of Central Florida Health News.


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