Editor’s note — The Wyandot County WIC program has issued the following message in recognition of National Public Health Week
Are you fueling up with the daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables? Only 15 percent of adults and 10 percent of adolescents actually eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day. In general, if you fill half your dinner plate with fruits and vegetables leaving the other half for your protein and whole grain, you are getting the right amount.
You and your family can start building a healthier America today by paying more attention to what is on your dinner plate. Fill it with the proper amounts of healthful foods and eat together as a family. Turn meal planning and grocery shopping into a family affair. Get the kids involved and encourage them to try foods they have never had before. Visit local farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands to get fresher food items. Cut down on fatty foods and sweets. Most fruits satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
Do you have access to a little patch of dirt? You can grow some of your own produce. Planting your own garden either from seeds or live bedding plants can be a fun activity for families. You say you don’t have your own little patch of dirt? Check around your community for access to a community garden.Â You can even grow small amounts of produce in containers on a patio or inside your home.
Digging in the dirt is fun for kids and therapeutic for adults. When gardening outdoors, dress appropriately using sunblock and insect repellent according to package instructions. Remember that your plants aren’t the only thing in need of water. Make sure that you have access to clean drinking water for yourself and your family to avoid dehydration, especially on hot days.
Interested in making some extra money? Call Wyandot County WIC at 419-294-3341 and find out how you can sell your produce.