June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month

By Jess Barnett, NHPHA Communications Committee Co-Chair

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Summer is a beautiful season in New Hampshire, and this year is no different. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and the state has a lot to offer for celebrating this health month. The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Healthy for Good campaign encourages eating healthfully through colorful eating, or adding color to your diet via various colorful fruits and veggies. The AHA’s website features a link to the association’s fruit and vegetable guide, which provides how-tos on easily adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, preparing these foods healthfully, buying produce when you’re on a budget, and sneaking vegetables into kids’ meals (as children are often picky eaters), among other suggestions. The AHA’s Facebook page will also provide weekly tips and tricks on produce, including heart-healthy recipes, ideas, and videos, throughout the month.

An easy and cost-effective way to add more produce to your diet is by visiting a local farmers’ market, of which New Hampshire has many. The NH Department of Agriculture website features the most up-to-date guide to farmers’ markets in the state. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides millions of Americans with monthly benefits that can be used to purchase foods and beverages, also supports farmers and farmers’ markets. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service website has a list of farmers’ markets that are allowed to accept SNAP benefits, including Concord, Center Barnstead, and Contoocook, among others. The USDA’s website Nutrition.gov features a recipe collection page with healthy, easy-to-make recipes.

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