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August Challenge: Taste the Rainbow!

Tuesday August 2 through Tuesday August 30

Taste the Rainbow

It's still summer, a great time to enjoy eating more fruits and vegetables! Along with fabulous and fresh flavor, summer fruits and vegetables serve up a hearty helping of great nutrition. Summer fruits and vegetables are bursting with antioxidants and phytonutrients (thought to have a protective effect against cancer) as well as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In this challenge, you'll find easy and delicious ways to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables as you learn about the health benefits of eating more produce. In addition, this challenge offers fun and tasty recipes as well as tips on how to shop and store produce for long-lasting flavor. 

 Why increase consumption of fruits and vegetables?

1. It's good for your physical health!

A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check. Check out this great resource from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health to learn more about these findings.

2. It's good for your mental and emotional health!

Recent studies are focusing on how fruits and vegetables support brain health. Findings show that the chemicals that give plant foods their bright colors, called flavonoids, may reduce forgetfulness as well as the chance of developing dementia. 

And, in a separate robust area of study dubbed "The Happiness Effect" higher intake of fruits and vegetables was shown to improve happiness scores. In a study published last year in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers surveyed more than 12,000 people about how many fruits and vegetables they typically ate over a two-year period. Participants also rated their overall life satisfaction on a scale of 1 to 10 during year 1 and year 2 surveys. Researchers looked at how each person's fruit and vegetable consumption and happiness changed over those two years, and found that with each extra serving of fruits and vegetables people ate, the happier they were.

 How this Challenge works:

Use the wellness portal's Fruit and Veggie Tracker or the Food Log found on the Challenge portal to record your daily servings as you aim to eat five servings, five days a week for 4 weeks. Complete this goal and you will be entered into a Raffle Prize Drawing!

 What to expect:

Each of the four weeks focuses on a color - red, green, yellow, and orange. Your activities are built around the color of the week, with fun facts and nutrition information, shopping tips, recipes, and more. And, each week you'll have the opportunity to share your experiences with other participants via a comments page and a blog. We are also offering a personal challenge invitation: keep a private journal on how this challenge impacts you - do  you have more energy? is your mood brighter? does your skin look better? how is your digestive system? and whatever else you want to track. Share your findings in discussion, or keep them private. We think it will be an interesting and enlightening experience for you!

 Ready to  join?

It's easy - simply follow the instructions below. You can join up until midnight on Sunday, 8/7 and retroactively complete your tracker/log. So if you are reading this on or after 8/2 and before midnight on 8/7, join us!

Please click on the  button on the log in screen. If you have an account already, log in your email and password. If not, please enter your email in "I need an Account" and complete the signup screen.  ​

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