More Matters for September
Program Support Center (PSC)’s September occupational health campaign encourages you to add more color to your plates by eating more fruits and vegetables.
The More Matters campaign gives helpful information on adding more nutrition to your day by including more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. These highly-nutritious foods also tend to be low in fat, high in fiber, and on top of that it can be genuinely tasty. That is why adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can really matter.
Easy Ways to Add More
Here are some tips for adding more color — and nutrients — to your meals:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal.
- Start your day with a piece of whole fruit or a colorful fruit salad for breakfast.
- Replace your daily snack with a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks (like carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, or celery).
- Make a salad using as many different colored vegetables as you can find in your kitchen.
- Substitute vegetables for some of the noodle layers in your lasagna.
- Include fresh herbs with your meals as a healthy garnish.
- Enjoy sweet and succulent fruit for your dessert.
More Color, More Antioxidants
In addition to looking and tasting great, a colorful plate will also maximize your intake of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress that can damage cells and could accelerate the aging process and possibly lead to various diseases from Alzheimer's to cancer. Look at the "Color Your Plate Challenge" resource in the right-hand corner of our More Matters page for some more ideas on adding extra color and antioxidants to your next meal. Each fruit and vegetable has different advantages when it comes to antioxidants.
Besides simple nutrition, fruits and vegetables can also add volume and bulk to your meal. For example, a simple pasta dish can be pumped up with variety of vegetables to transform into a colorful and plate-filling pasta primavera. By tossing in some low-calorie vegetables, you can fill your plate and feel more satisfied during and after your meal — with an overall smaller calorie count.
For the full calendar of health observances for the year, you can also visit our health campaign calendar page.
This September’s wellness campaign is part of a series of monthly campaigns offered by PSC. Each campaign includes easy-to-use promotional materials, like posters, bulletin-board graphics, and even customizable email messages and fliers. Feel free to contact the PSC Office of Communication for more information.
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