August is a wonderful time to focus on fruits. Since August is typically a hot month, it is great time to cool off in your nearest pool, lake, or ocean and try swimming. Using EatFresh.org, you can also find great recipes using August’s Harvest of the Month, Melons.
- Nutrition: Focus on Fruits
- Harvest of the Month: Melons
- Physical Activity: Swimming
Focus on Fruits:
Eating a variety of fruits provide many health benefits. People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. Focus on whole fruits - fresh, canned, frozen or dried – instead of juice. The sugar naturally found in fruit does not count as added sugar.
Here are some tips to help you eat more fruits:
- Experiment with flavor and try something new
- Enjoy fruit at breakfast, lunch, or even dinner
- Snack on fruit
- Eat from a variety of colors and textures
Harvest of the Month: Melons
A ½ cup of melon – like cantaloupe, casaba, or honeydew – is an excellent source of vitamin C. Melons provide a rich source of carotenoids, such as lycopene (watermelon) and beta-carotene (cantaloupe). Carotenoids are antioxidants that may lower your risk for some diseases by keeping your body safe from free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells.
Additional Melon Recipes:
Energize Your Body with Swimming:
Swimming burns more calories per hour and has a lower risk of injury than most other aerobic activities. It has also been shown to improve heart health and lead to greater strength and flexibility. Because swimming is low-impact, it is an ideal activity for people recovering from an injury or those with disabilities.
Here are some tips for getting started:
- Visit a pool at a local YMCA or parks and recreation center
- Swim with a friend or family member
- Try different strokes, such as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly
- If you’re swimming outdoors, don’t forget to wear sunscreen
For more information about contact:
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