Join the easiest nutrition program ever!

May 23, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Research shows that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits can reduce risk of heart disease and obesity, some cancers, diabetes and hypertension, among other things. However, despite the benefits, many still do not get their recommended daily servings.

That’s where the Colorful Choices program can help. The eight-week online nutrition program encourages participants to eat produce each day — in red, orange, yellow/white, green and blue/violet. Registration is now open to all benefits-eligible faculty and staff. The program starts June 11.

Available through a partnership between MHealthy and The StayWell Company, LLC, Colorful Choices includes access to new healthy recipes, healthy eating tips and a mobile app to easily track produce intake. Employees can participate as an individual or as part of a team.

“One of the best things about this program is how easy it is — no calorie counting or measuring needed,” said Erica Owen, manager of nutrition and weight management for MHealthy.

“By adding a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet you get the vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients your body needs; have more energy; and reduce your risk of developing some chronic health conditions.”

Colorful Choices is one of several programs that qualify for MHealthy Rewards 2018, which rewards employees with $100 for completing healthy activities. Registration for Rewards remains open through June 30.

U-M has also kicked off its M Farmers Market series, making it easier to get fresh produce on campus. Starting June 7, visit the farmers market in the University Hospital Courtyard, every Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. through Sept. 27. Buy affordable fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products from local farmer Zilke Vegetable Farm in Milan, Michigan. Fresh-made breads and other goodies will also be available on most dates from Great Harvest Bread Co., locally owned and operated in Ann Arbor.

Learn more and register for Colorful Choices.