Eat more fruits and vegetables with Colorful Choices

June 7, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity, some cancers, diabetes and hypertension, among other things. Despite knowing the benefits, it is still difficult for many to get the recommended daily servings.

That’s where the Colorful Choices program can help.

Over the last few years, this eight-week online nutrition program has helped thousands of participants eat more produce.

Registration is now open to benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Tracking starts June 24.

No calorie counting or measuring

Colorful Choices encourages you to eat fruits and vegetables without worrying about counting calories, weighing or measuring. Instead, the goal is to eat a colorful variety of produce in red, orange, yellow/white, green and blue/violet.

As a participant, you’ll also be able to:

  • Participate as individual or as part of a team
  • Track online and have access to a mobile app
  • Access healthy recipes
  • Get daily healthy eating tips

“Adding a wide variety of colorful produce to your diet gives you the vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients your body needs,” said Erica Owen, manager of nutrition and weight management for MHealthy. “When your body has the nutrients it need, you have more energy, feel better and reduce your risk of developing some chronic health conditions.”

Colorful Choices is available through a partnership between MHealthy and The StayWell Company, LLC.

Get locally-grown produce on campus this summer

Starting in July, farm-fresh produce will be easier to find on campus. Look for M Farmers Markets on select days at seven campus locations, including the University Hospital Courtyard.

If you’re interested in getting easy, budget-friendly recipes and time-saving tips on cutting and cooking vegetables, sign up for a new Vegetable-of-the-Week newsletter. Each issue will highlight a different vegetable available at the farmers markets and your local grocery store.