Six-week Fruit and Veggie Challenge starts July 11

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There’s truth to the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases. It also can lower blood pressure and prevent some types of cancer.

Faculty and staff can join the online Fruit and Veggie Challenge to take steps to eat more produce. Registration is now open. The challenge starts July 11.

The challenge is simple. Participants focus on servings instead of counting calories, weighing food or measuring portions.

The goal is to eat at least 130 servings of fruits and vegetables from July 11 through Aug. 21. That works out to about four servings of produce most days of the week. Servings are logged in the program’s online tracker.

Throughout the challenge, participants receive weekly emails with recipes, videos, tips and more.

Sign up for the Fruit and Veggie Challenge on the MHealthy Portal, which includes a suite of well-being resources, including the annual health questionnaire.

The questionnaire identifies an individual’s well-being strengths and areas that may need attention. It also generates a tailored list of resources to support their needs.

The portal is available to active, benefits-eligible faculty and staff and their spouse/other qualified adult enrolled in a U-M health plan.

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