Julie Harris, MS, RDN
Julie is an accredited Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with American Dietetics Association. She promotes healthy lifestyle choices to meet each individual’s wellness goals. She specializes in Diabetes care and education, Cardiovascular disease, and chronic disease prevention.
March is National Nutrition Month! One great way to celebrate is by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Diets rich in vegetables and fruits can have many positive effects on your health. Some benefits include a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers, lowering blood pressure, decreased risk of digestive issues, and a positive effect upon blood sugar. Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits is a way to add fiber to your diet which can promote weight loss.
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of your diet. As a group, they contain over 25,000 phytonutrients which can help prevent disease and keep your body working well. No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need so eating a wide variety is important. Aim to eat a rainbow of colors of fruits/vegetables a day.
Fruits and vegetables add flavor, variety, and texture to your meal. Build a healthy plate by making half your plate fruits and vegetables. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal.
Tips to Increase Fruits and Vegetables Daily
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The Sodexo Wellness and Nutrition team of registered dietitians will be posting regular health tips to keep you and your families healthy during these trying times. We will focus on the areas that the CDC and other health experts are recognizing as special areas of importance to stay well. We encourage you to share these tips on nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sleep, food safety and overall well being with your loved ones. Remember, a strong body has a much better chance of fighting off this microscopic enemy.