On June 4th, 2015, Fit Together co-hosted a SNAP-Ed Nutrition Workshop called “Half Your Plate: Fruits and Veggies,” which focused on increasing quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables in one’s meals. The workshop featured an interactive discussion and a tasting of a healthier take on a waldorf salad, which included yogurt rather than mayonnaise and a variety of both fruits and vegetables. Tips that the nutrition educators offered included how to prep foods for a busy week and what to watch out for on the back of labels.
In order to enter the raffle full of prizes that promoted healthy eating and active living, participants were asked to gather signatures from Fit Together committee members at the 5-2-1-0 tables. At the tables, families learned the meaning of 5-2-1-0 and received recipes and nutrition guidance, alternatives to screen time to boost physical activity, and tips for making props for their children at home. They also were able to taste naturally flavored water with different fruit, vegetables and herbs and see how much sugar is in several popular drinks.
Several participants made positive remarks, stating that they were thinking about ways to become healthier as summer approached and that the workshop served as a useful catalyst for achieving their goals.
This event was made possible by the University of St. Joseph’s grant for SNAP Nutrition Education, the Family Resource Center at the Vogel-Wetmore School, and the Youth and Families Subcommittee of Fit Together.