During the month of September, Air Force Materiel Command will be promoting its ‘Colorful Choices: Fruit and Veggie Initiative.’
September is National Fruit and Vegetables Month, an excellent time to revisit these bright and colorful powerhouses of a healthy nutrition plan.
Eating the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables can help protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients. For example, red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon, and apples contain lycopene and anthocyanins, which help reduce the risk of some cancers and keep your heart healthy. Orange fruits and vegetables help to improve the immune system, strengthen your vision and protect against infections.
The goal of the Colorful Choices: Fruit and Veggie Initiative is to attend two Colorful Choice classes and complete a pre- and post-survey. Participants who complete this task will be able to choose from one of three completion awards (while supplies last).
Throughout September, Civilian Health Promotion Services will be offering these Colorful Choices activities:
- Fruit and veggie health education classes
- Cardiac Risk Profile (CRP) screenings
- Blood pressure screenings
To participate in the Colorful Choices: Fruit and Veggie Initiative:
- Have an online account at www.afmcwellness.com
- Department of Defense civilians need to have a current Health Risk Assessment. Active Duty members do not need to complete a HRA to participate.
- Attend a Colorful Choices class
- Take a 5-10 minute pre-survey (participant identity is anonymous)
- Attend a second Colorful Choices class
- Take a 5-10 minute post-survey (participant identity is anonymous)
- Receive your completion award
For more information, contact your local CHPS team or visit www.afmcwellness.com.