Sharing Health with Fruits and Veggies
Does your office break-room tempt you with sugar filled and unhealthy food options to snack on?
This is a common occurrence at the Center for Prevention and Counseling. But according to the Harvard School of Public Health “a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check.” With this knowledge in hand, the staff at Center for Prevention and Counseling started a fresh fruit and veggie program in the office. Once a week is “fresh fruit and veggie day” in which the staff that chooses to be involved can give a dollar to be part of the spread of different fresh fruits, veggies and even healthy dips. The leftover veggies go to the evening recovery and support groups that meet. With the many groups that take place throughout the agency, they are aiming to provide a healthy snack at each of the groups.
The adults, much like kids from the nationwide fresh fruit and vegetable program, are exposed to fresh fruit and vegetables that they may not have been exposed to otherwise or may not have bought at the store themselves. Along with the fruit and veggies being readily available throughout the day there are also some fun health tips that are shared about some of the specific fruit or veggies provided.
The buzz on frozen vegetables:
Frozen vegetables! They can be more affordable, last much longer, and even in some cases contain more nutrients than fresh veggies. According to Tufts University, depending on how long fresh vegetables are kept can change their nutritional content. In fact, fresh vegetables, after 5 days in the refrigerator, can contain less nutrients than vegetables that had been frozen.
About the Grantee
The mission of the Center for Prevention and Counseling is to promote hope, health and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. We do this through our 3 departments including Prevention, Counseling and Recovery support.