FCS News – June 21, 2021

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June-National Fruits & Vegetables Month

Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and fiber — while remaining naturally low in calories, fat and sodium. In addition, they lower your risk of developing certain chronic diseases — and help you maintain a healthy weight. Whether you fancy a market, or just grow the fruits and veggies at home, enjoy any combination of these delectable delights to kick off your summer right.

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5 Reasons To Choose Fruits & Vegetables

1. Watermelons Can Keep You Hydrated

They’re thick-skinned and 92% water. Explorers would carry watermelons around so they had something to drink that would keep them from getting dehydrated

2. Brussel Sprouts May Be The Healthiest Vegetables

They’re packed with vitamins and minerals, and have virtually zero calories, no fat, and no cholesterol.

3. Broccoli Contains More Protein Than Steak

The best part? Since it doesn’t come with fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease

4. Apples Give You More Energy Than Coffee

Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, apples have the perfect storm of nutrition to help you stay energized all day

5. Convenience

Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form-fresh, frozen, canned, dried  and 100% juice, so they’re ready when you are.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers. In addition, fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.

Baking Hack Fun Fact: Grated fresh zucchini, carrots, or apples are 85% liquid. 1 cup of grated vegetables or fruit could replace about ¾ cup liquid in a recipe.

Join the Faithful Families Virtual Walking Challenge

July 5 –August 1, 2021

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Monday, July 5–Sunday, August 1

We are excited to announce the 2nd annual ALL Faithful Families challenge event! Join Faithful Families and partners across the country for the Virtual Walking Challenge, as we turn our focus to reconnection. As we begin to imagine life beyond the pandemic, let’s support each other by staying healthy, staying strong, and finding ways to connect with one another.

What is the Virtual Walking Challenge?

The challenge is a fun way to encourage you, your family, and your faith community to be more physically active. Each week of the event, you will receive a newsletter with quick tips and ideas for staying active and connected during this pandemic. Using the Walking Challenge Log, you will keep track of how much you walk each day. For every 10 minutes of walking, you will receive 1 point. And new this year – each week you will find optional activities outlined in the newsletter that will give you the chance to earn additional Connection Points. Each activity is worth 3 points (equivalent to 30 minutes of walking). At the end of the challenge, you will count the total number of points (walking points + Connection Points) you have accumulated throughout the four weeks.

How do I sign up?

There are two ways you can choose to participate: 1) individually, or 2) as part of a team. To sign up, review the instructions.

Are there prizes?

Yes! There are four ways you can win a pair of Volantis True Wireless earbuds. Find out how to be eligible!

Summer Time-Grilling Fun

The number of people engaging in outdoor activities, including food-related activities, goes up in the summer. So too does the number of people who get sick from food poisoning.

Pregnant women and young children are among those at highest risk for foodborne illnesses, making safe food handling particularly important for them. FDA Consumer resources: People at risk for foodborne illness >>

Check out the tips for grilling safety at home, and also try out this wonderful picnic Greek Orzo Salad recipe during your 4th of July celebration.

Safeplates Grilling Safely at Home fact sheet 

Grilling Safety Sheet >>

National Smoothie Day – June 21

Celebrate National Smoothie Day by blending together food, family, and fun in the sun as you kick off the first day of summer in style. Throw in your favorite mix of sweet juices, tangy fruits, fresh vegetables, and delectable surprise ingredients — and express your own personal take on the taste of summer. Here is a Fruit Smoothie recipe >> that incorporates fruits and vegetables.

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