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June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month and what perfect timing! The growing season is in full swing and fresh fruits and vegetables are in great abundance. By bringing this awareness during a time when fruits and vegetables are at their best for appearance, freshness and taste, the goal is to get people to consume more fresh produce.

Consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables daily is important to your health. According to www.familyeducation.com, "people need to double the amount of fruits and vegetables they eat every day.” Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals, which can help, reduce your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and certain cancers

The Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. classrooms work hard to teach the children the importance of good food – especially fresh fruits and vegetables. When something new is presented during a Head Start meal, children are encouraged to at least take a “no thank you” bite. This teaches them to be open to the idea of trying a new food they might not have had before.

With this in mind, each Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. classroom and every Family Partner will be holding a “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Day” at the beginning of June. Children will learn about fresh fruits and vegetables through lessons and fun activities, including fruit/vegetable mural painting, taste testing and describing the foods using robust vocabulary such as crunchy, savory, refreshing, crisp and bitter. They will also compare foods using all five senses.  Information for parents is available on the Nutrition Section of the BTHS website.

In the words of the Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. Nutrition Coordinator, Phyllis Marriner, “Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and give the body the many nutrients it needs to keep going. Getting children and parents excited about eating those fruits and vegetables is the key!"

Photo Caption:       East Smithfield Head Start children are learning the eating fresh fruits and vegetables is FUN – and sometimes messy!