Make the Healthy Choice

Let's Inspire Healthy Eating

Fruits & Veggies

Growing a Healthy Future

Encouraging a balanced diet, including fruits and vegetables every day, can positively impact children’s health as they grow. Small changes in eating patterns (or throughout the day) can make a big difference in the health, mood, and overall energy levels of everyone you love. Let’s grow a healthy future and inspire healthy eating!

Some of the essential vitamins and nutrients found in fruits and vegetables include:

  • Calcium: Found in oranges, kiwi, and broccoli, Calcium helps build and maintain strong bones and supports heart, muscle, and nerve function.
  • Vitamin D: Eating foods rich in vitamin D helps support the immune system and promotes healthy growth. Load up on vitamin D with spinach, kale, and okra.
  • Vitamin C: Found in plums, cherries, and broccoli, Vitamin C is essential for growth and development. It also helps with maintaining good oral health.
  • Potassium: Bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and prunes are an excellent source of Potassium, one of the essential minerals for your body. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and protects against stroke, osteoporosis, and kidney stones.

Even small changes to your family’s diet can make a big difference in the health, mood, and overall energy levels of everyone you love. Let’s grow a healthy future for our families!

Healthy Text Messages

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Steps to Health has a text message program where we send out a text message to your mobile phone every Wednesday. Each message connects you to tips and resources that help with making the healthy choice the easy choice! If you would like to sign-up, please click the button below.

Watch this quick video to learn about a delicious way to get lots of fruit into your diet! Build this kid friendly quick fruit parfait for a snack or even a meal.

What’s On Your Plate?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a simple tool to help you grade your current diet and make healthy meal upgrades. My Plate offers a five-minute questionnaire that reviews your current food choices, then provides simple recommendations and resources for healthy eating. They even have iPhone and Android mobile apps!

Healthy Eating Resources

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This material was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.

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