Produce Man tells children to eat fruit and vegetables

September 29, 2004|DONNA CLORE

"Produce Man" a.k.a. "Produce Paulie" has been visiting elementary schools in Danville and Boyle County to talk to children about the importance of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

He is sponsored and performed by Danville/Boyle County Healthy Communities Coalition members Julie Steber, dietitian at the Boyle County Health Department; Donna Clore, Boyle County extension agent; Nancy Ricker, dietitian at McDowell Wellness Center; Jane Boyd, community investment director for Heart of Kentucky United Way; and Bryan Lanham, wellness counselor at McDowell Wellness Center.

To help you and your children or grandchildren get at least five a day, try some of the following suggestions in addition to serving fruits and vegetables at all meals.

* Drink 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices in place of high-calorie drinks, such as soft drinks. Remember, one serving is 6 ounces or 3/4 of a cup.


* Have cut-up raw vegetables and dip for an afternoon snack. Cut them or buy the pre-packaged ones. Broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are nutritious choices.

* Snack on the perfect grab-n-go foods: fresh apples, ripe plums, pears, carrots and celery. Have these foods washed and ready for eating on your refrigerator shelf.

* Keep nuts and dried fruit such as raisins, plums, apricots, dates handy for quick and easy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks.

* Keep things fresh and interesting by combining fruits of different flavors, such as red grapes with pineapple chunks.

* Pack ready-to-eat fruits and vegetables in your child's lunch box.

* On your way out the door? Take along some healthy Five A Day snacks such as celery sticks, an apple, a banana, or a box of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice.

* Keep fresh fruit in a bowl on the counter.

Donna Clore is Boyle County extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

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