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Today, more than 90% of all Americans do not eat their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. The amounts of fruits and vegetables you need each day may seem daunting, but Fruits and Veggies - More Matters™ has made it easy. Every step taken in eating more fruits and veggies helps you and your family be at their best. Simply eat more!

Fruits and Veggies - More Matters™ is a health initiative that will help you do just that: Practical tips on how to get more fruits and veggies in your family’s diet, recipes to make fruits and veggies everyone’s favorite, and nutrition information that teaches you how to keep a good balance. Fruits and Veggies - More Matters™ is a simple idea that will make nutrition easier, tastier, and more enjoyable.

There are five simple messages to keep in mind:

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Fruits and veggies provide the unrivaled combination of great taste, nutrition, abundant variety, and multiple product forms.

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Eating fruits and veggies matters in maintaining a healthy weight and may reduce the risk of many diseases.

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All product forms count: fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice.

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Eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies provides a wide range of valuable nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and potassium.

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Every step taken towards eating more fruits and veggies and getting more physical activity helps families be at their best.

State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013

This CDC report provides national and state-specific information on fruit and vegetable consumption and policy and environmental supports. The data in this report can be used to illustrate how states support the consumption of fruits and vegetables, monitor progress and celebrate state successes and identify opportunities for improvement in fruit and vegetable access.

Tips

  • Fruit and Veggie Tip Sheets - guidelines on eating fruits and vegetables
  • Eat the Colors of the Rainbow - information on proper portioning of fruits and veggies
  • Encourage Kids to Eat More Fruits and Veggies - creative ways to encourage fruits and veggies in children's diets
  • 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Food Budget
  • Raw veggies such as carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli make a great after school snack. Keep a variety of cleaned, cut, and ready-to-eat vegetables in plastic bags in your refrigerator.
  • Sliced fruit and veggies will stay fresh in school lunches when packed in plastic bags. Don’t forget to include both fruit and veggies!
  • Kids love mini carrots. Here’s a tip – divide larger bags into individual servings and store in plastic bags. Then they’re ready to drop into lunch bags every day!
  • Chunks of pineapple, bananas, and kiwis make great kabobs that can be frozen. Store in freezer bags for quick snacks.
  • Raisins and other dried fruit like apricots, cranberries, apples, blueberries - even bananas - are a perfect "go-anywhere" snack for kids!

Recipes

To find a variety of delicious and easy recipes with fruits and vegetables, visit Fruits and Veggies - More Matters.™ For more recipes using fruits and veggies, visit Healthy Recipes.

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is a grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state, and national level to support salad bars in schools. Visit Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools to learn more.

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