Eat Your Colors…Earn Free Gifts!

October 2, 2009

I just learned from a CDC report that only 1 in 10 high schoolers are eating fruits and veggies the recommended 5 times a day!  10%?  Really?  What about elementary and middle schoolers – I don’t know, but can it get worse?

Once a month, I challenge people everywhere to take ONE simple, healthy action – it’s called My Healthy Challenge, and it’s on our home page, left-hand side.  There are 5 actions, and #3 and #4 this month have to do with fruits and veggies!   

#3.  Try veggies in a veggie-stuffed peppers-for a great-tasting snack or side dish.  See Del Monte’s healthy recipes for ideas!

#4.  Health in a glass!  Simply combine in a blender 1 cup skim milk, 1 frozen, sliced banana, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. 

Pick one of these and do it.  Better yet, pick one and have a high schooler join you in the challenge!  You have until the end of October to take action – once, twice, or every day!  One person who submits their Challenge story will receive a gift package of Del Monte and Healthy Kids Challenge products.  To submit your story, go to our My Healthy Challenge page.

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2 Responses to “Eat Your Colors…Earn Free Gifts!”

  1. Tiffany Says:

    My goodness, that does make me wonder about my elementary kids at school!!! I know they are smart enought to figure out no one is watching them to see if they are eating their fruits and veggies at school. 🙂 My hope in having fruits and veggies here for most every meal is that they just eat them without thinking about it as part of their meal. How realistic is that?? I don’t know, I have talked to them about what they eat at school but again, I’m not there. They know it’s healthy and “less is best” with many other things but they still make their own choices. Lunch time is rather rushed also which doesn’t help. Sending a couple of sack lunches during the week and keeping the “chatter” going about what they eat is all I can think of – any more suggestions?

  2. Claudia Says:

    The Centers for Disease Control has said a healthier intake of fruits and vegetables is one way to help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. At a good number of schools, school nutrition services and teachers are taking on the challenge by getting kids to taste and and learn about fruits and veggies. The United States Department of Agriculture is helping these efforts by offering fruit and vegetable grants. At home, families can also put a spotlight on fruits and veggies. It doesn’t always work to take the kids to the grocery store, but find the time once in a while for everyone to go and “explore” fruits and veggies. Find a colorful combination of fruits and veggies in produce, canned goods, and frozen food sections of the store. Build a colorful rainbow of canned fruits and veggies in your cupboard and help kids use them for creative contributions to family meals. Don’t always have time? Plan ahead when there is time. Keep a list on the refrigerator. Enjoy discovering appealing and healthy fruits and veggies. Dare to serve something different. It doesn’t have to take much time. How about creating a tomato veggie dip? Or simple food art? Make “fruity clowns” by dressing pineapple chunks with kiwi collars and strawberry caps. The possibilities are endless.


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