The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.
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September is National Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month!
You've probably heard it all your life—fruits and veggies are good for you, and it's important to eat them every day. Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
Compared to people who eat few fruits, vegetables, and legumes, people who eat higher amounts as part of a healthy diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and cancers in certain parts of the body (mouth, throat, lung, esophagus, stomach, and colon-rectum).
Meeting Your Healthy Eating Goal for Fruits and Vegetables
Follow these simple tips for increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat each day:
- Add fruits and vegetables to your favorite dishes. Find ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into foods you already eat. For example, stir fruit into your cereal or yogurt, add strawberries or blueberries to your pancakes, pack your sandwich with extra veggies, add vegetable toppings to your pizza, stir greens into your favorite casserole or pasta dish, or stuff your omelet with extra vegetables.
- Display your produce. Put your fruits and vegetables out on the counter or in a prominent position in the refrigerator, so that you'll be more likely to eat them.
- Try new things. Next time you go to the grocery store, pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try.
- Eat vegetarian. At least once every week, skip the meat (you could try somethimng like Meatless Monday) and try a new vegetarian recipe for dinner.
- Snack away. Try snacking on fresh or dried fruit, carrot and bell pepper strips with a low-fat dip, or baked chips with fresh salsa.
As you get older, certain age-related changes can make it more difficult to get the fruit and vegetables you need, such as:
- Difficulty chewing. Some people have dental problems that make it harder to chew, resulting in a reduced interest in eating.
- Changes in taste. Your sense of taste can change as you get older, so you may avoid some of the foods you used to enjoy.
- Mobility problems. For older people who are no longer able to drive, it may be difficult to get out and shop for fresh produce.
- Lack of motivation to cook. If you live alone, you may not feel like cooking just for one.
- Changes in appetite. For many people, getting older means that you just aren't as hungry as you used to be.
To get the most out of the fruit and vegetables you eat, aim for variety. Eat many different types of fruits and vegetables, in a rainbow of colors. This will help ensure that you get the variety of nutrients your body needs for healthy aging.