Challenge each of your department members to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables a day as part of Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month.
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are more likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
To motive your department members, try sending out weekly emails with tips on adding more vegetables and fruits into your diet, easy recipes, and motivational messages and quotes. Periodically check in with each participant to see how they are progressing and encourage them to keep going. Organize healthy lunches with your department. Find more nutrition resources and activity ideas on the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program web site.
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