There are many benefits to eating well, from disease prevention to overall health and wellness. That’s why Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation have partnered with Kohl’s Cares on a program called #GiveMe5 to encourage children and families throughout the community to stay active and eat their five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Our partnership brings healthy eating tips and recipes to kids in local schools and to families at various community events throughout the year.
Healthy Kids Billion Step Challenge
As part of the GiveMe5 initiative, we're encouraging our patient families to stay active by joining our Healthy Kids Billion Step Challenge! It's easy to get started.
What’s so good about fruits and veggies?
A healthy diet begins with a rich variety of fruits and vegetables. This is because fruits and veggies:
- May help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as lower blood pressure.
- They are naturally low in calories and unhealthy fats.
They provide many nutrients, including:
- Potassium (helps maintain healthy blood pressure)
- Vitamin C (aids in growth and repair of all body tissues, from the teeth and gums to the skin)
- Vitamin A (keeps eyes and skin healthy and protects against infections)
- Fiber (promotes proper bowel function, helping reduce constipation)
Pile your plate!
5 Reasons to eat MORE fruits and veggies:
1. They’re convenient.
Fruits and vegetables are nutritious in any form – fresh, frozen, canned, dried – so they’re ready when you are.
2. They’re good for you.
Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories, but packed full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
3. They offer variety.
Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety. There’s always something new to try for every snack or meal.
4. They’re an all-natural snack.
Brightly colored and full of flavor, fruits and veggies are nature’s treat.
5. They’re fun to eat.
Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel, some you don’t, and some grow right in your own backyard.
Tips for picky eaters
- Set a good example: have a fruit or veggie with every meal – children are more likely to eat what parents eat.
- Get them involved: invite kids to pick produce at the store and help with the washing and preparing at home
- Keep a stash: store washed and chopped fruits and veggies in plastic containers so they are ready to go. Keep a fruit basket on the kitchen counter.
Play “Hide the Veggies”
- Shred carrots or zucchini for meatloaf.
- Toss chopped veggies into pasta sauces.
- Use mashed sweet potatoes to thicken stews, soups, and gravies.
Experiment with New Recipes
- Chop fruit and add to oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, cereal or yogurt.
- Grill vegetable kabobs as part of a barbecue meal.
- Use a spiralizer to make veggies fun.
Visit our #GiveMe5 video playlist on YouTube for more helpful tips
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