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Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables!

During the fall, our United Way was an enthusiastic supporter of the Move2Health campaign, getting people to move 30 minutes a day. Not only did we help spread the word in the community, but our staff embraced the concept, coming in second of all enrolled organizations in average minutes moved per employee.

The Move2Health campaign, with its simple message to have some physical activity every day, is a perfect fit for our Community Health impact area, which has combatting obesity as one of its priorities. The other piece of the anti-obesity puzzle is healthier eating habits. Our community partners have named this the Eat4Health campaign.

This effort has kicked off with a Leadership Charlottesville team project, called NOW - New Opportunities for Wellness - whose members are working on the outlines of a healthy eating campaign. We loved this poem that team member Dr. Pamela Ross came up with:

Fruits-and-VegetablesWhat is a fresh fruit or vegetable you say?

A very good question for the rules of each day.

They grow from the earth and though you might try,

They don't contain flour, lard, added sugar or dye.


Red, yellow, green, purple and blue,

The more colors you eat, the better for you.

5 or more servings, and you'll be on your way.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every single day.


We hope this poem catches on! Start by adding just one more serving of fruits or vegetables every day, and work your way up to 5 or more. Here is a useful guide.


Posted by: Kim Connolly

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