Eat those Fruits & Veggies!

Our SNC Take the Challenge continues to build our healthy weekly challenges as we strive to meet our last 2 week’s challenges – consciously tracking our healthy habits – some of our members use,, or Any method that works for you is fine to use for tracking. We will also carry on the challenge of  trying to get 30 to 40 minutes of exercise on most days as we did in week 2.

We were very fortunate to have SNC’s
very own registered dietitian,
Melissa DaPra, RD, CD to present our third week challenge kickoff – “5-A-Day.” This healthful challenge is to try to incorporate at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables into our daily diet. Melissa suggests that you may want to build up to the 5-A-Day to make this dietary transition easier on your system.

Melissa says, ” The best plate is at least half fruits and veggies…fill your plate with fruits and veggies first before adding other items.” Also, choose a variety of fruits and vegetables to provide your body with a variety of health benefits.

Melissa tells us that fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of certain health concerns such as cancer, age related macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Click “Maximize Fruit & Vegetable Intake to Maximize Your Life” to view Melissa’s presentation  and  to view  20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables.

In addition to the information from
Melissa DaPra, you may find the following of interest:


Fruits & Veggies  More Matters gives us a great selection of recipes – tempting us to treat ourselves to delicious combinations that have the added bonus of being nutritious!

Student Health 101, the online magazine, shares these fruit and veggie smoothies featuring videos in UCook – click onto to page 15 for the link.

Here is a video presented by the dietitan of Enjoy Fresh giving us ideas on “Easy, nutritious & tasty ways to eat vegetables.”



This soothing musical video
lists the benefits of various fruits and vegetables and the significance of their colors.


Now, here are two videos that have a top ten count down for Veggies —>


<— and Fruits


And just to add a little more encouragement towards our challenge of eating 5-A-Day, here is a short video presented by the dietitian of University of Virginia Heart and Vascular Center giving us a tour at the grocery store in the (you guessed it!) —
- Heart Smart Shopping – Picking Out Produce!


If you just feel like reading a couple of excellent posts, the Harvard School of Public Health has Vegetables and Fruits – Get Plenty Everyday and Vegetables and Fruits – The Bottom Line giving us substantial reasons why we should eat 5-A-Day !!


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