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New Study Finds Eating More Colorful Produce May Prevent or Delay ALS, Underscores Value of Health Enhancement Systems Program Design
Date:2/16/2013

e Nutrition Programs, a free white paper by Health Enhancement Systems, details the advantages of eating a variety of colorful produce every day and offers practical strategies, such as:
  • Underscoring education. Provide workers with plentiful tips (such as knowing what makes up a serving, putting produce at the top of the grocery list, and bagging it first) as well as recipes featuring produce.
  • Making convenience count. Keep “grab-and-go” snacks like apples and bananas easily accessible in cafeterias and vending areas.
  • Concentrating on color over calories. Encourage employees to focus on produce color, variety, and freshness instead of counting calories or weighing portions. Brighter, deeper hues not only look and taste better, they’re signs of higher concentrations of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Wellness managers can get even more mileage out of Produce First messages during March, National Nutrition Month. Communicating specific benefits of colorful produce — like reduced ALS risk — gives employees and their families more compelling reasons to make healthy eating a priority.

Colorful Choices nudges participants to eat at least 5 servings of produce each day, with a minimum of 3 vegetables — in red, orange, yellow/white, green, and blue/violet. It’s a simple approach with wide appeal — no calorie counting, no fat gram tabulating, no weighing or measuring. Just easy-to-remember daily selections of colorful produce — with more than 120 to choose from. A fun-to-use tracker, delicious recipes, and daily tips help keep motivation high — and a friendly team competition makes the hard work of behavior change both exciting and rewarding.

“Eating colorful produce every day is preventive medicine,” says Witherspoon. “Equ
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