Washington County Wellness Challenge boasts power of produce

March 03, 2003|by LISA McCOY

What is green and sweet and full of Vitamin C?

Kiwi fruit.

Fruits are an important part of a nutritious diet. Not only do fruits provide vitamins and minerals that we need every day, they also supply phytochemicals that help to protect us from heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration. The wellness challenge for March is to eat two to four servings of fruits every day. This can be two servings of whole fruits or 1/2 cup servings of canned or frozen fruit.

The best way to get the power of produce is to enjoy as many different kinds, and colors of fruits as possible. Oranges, bananas, and apples are the fruits most often eaten but there are a whole variety of fruits to choose from at the grocery store. Buy a different kind of fruit the next time you visit the store. To learn more about fruit in your daily diet, come join the Washington County Wellness Challenge at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, March 4 - Western Heights Middle School

  • Tuesday, March 11 - Hancock Middle /High School

  • Tuesday, March 18 - Smithsburg Middle School

Programs are at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

For more information, call 301-791-3039.

Lisa McCoy is a registered dietitian at the Washington County Health Department, Nutrition and Wellness Services.

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