Oral Health News

September 2016

Eat great, feel great

School is back in session! Kids need to feel great in order to do great in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities! A healthy diet should be at the core of your child’s school success plan. Make a pledge to eat more fruits and veggies in your home by visiting fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.

Fruits and veggies are excellent for your health!

  • Vitamins and minerals in produce keep you healthy and give you energy.
  • They are low in calories and have high amounts of fiber to make you feel full faster.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Eating fruits every day may reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 40%.

Other great things about fruits and veggies:

  • So much variety; flavors, textures and colors!
  • Available year-round: fresh, frozen, dried, canned or 100% juice (look for dried and canned fruits without added sugars).
  • Easy to grab on the go!
  • Great for your dental health! The natural sugars in fruits and veggies do not contribute to tooth decay!

How many servings of fruits and vegetables does your child need? The amount needed varies by age, sex and level of physical activity. School-aged children who participate in less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily need anywhere from one-and-a-half to three cups of veggies and one to two cups of fruit daily. It is important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the week!

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