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Although it is essential to consume fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, during the month of June we celebrate how wonderful and important Fresh Fruits & Vegetables are to our health! According to a 2015 study conducted by the Produce for Better Health Foundation the average American only consumes 43% of the recommended fruit and 57% of the recommended vegetables each day. It is recommended by the USDA that we fill half of our plate with fruits and vegetables during each meal. In terms of measurement, adults should be consuming between 4-5 cups of vegetables per day. For children, it becomes a bit more complex. Check out this chart below from the USDA with the recommendations of how much fruits & vegetables kids should be eating on a daily basis.

Fruit Chart

Vegetable Chart

One of theĀ best parts about fruits and vegetables is that they are low in calories, but high in vitamins and minerals. They also help reduce the risk of developing various diseases such as high blood pressure and heart disease! This month our Pinterest will feature a board dedicated to celebrating National Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month. It will consist of recipes, ideas, activities, fun facts & more for all ages! Show us how your school is celebrating Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month! Submit a summary or pictures and get featured on our blog!

 

Guest Blogger: Janine Gordon, Intern, Johnson & Wales University

 

Sources:

USDA

Produce for Better Health Foundation