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Display of the Month: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so what better time is there to celebrate the joys of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables? This month's display will help you do just that, without having to burn the midnight oil.
This guitar-shaped squash is rich in alpha carotene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer (butternut).
These tart citrus fruits contain limonin, a cancer-fighting compound that is good for your health (lemons).
These starchy veggies are fat-free sources of vitamin E (yams).
This tree-like veggie is part of the cabbage family (broccoli).
Once you've assembled your facts and trivia (note: this should be before the fair), collect a group of people at your booth to compete for the prizes you've displayed. Present each fun fact and let people guess what fruit or vegetable matches it. Offer correct answers and prizes as you go, or have people track their successes and declare a winner at the end of the game.
After the game, turn to brainstorming. Grab your marker and a spot within reach of the brainstorming space, then ask people to discuss the fruits and vegetables they commonly eat. Do they get enough? Review the recommendations set forward by MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, then return to the main topic. How can people incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their meals? How can they build up the variety of fruits and veggies they eat in a week? Offer the remaining prizes for participation, handing them out as volunteers call out suggestions.
There are lots of other fruit and vegetable resources that would be perfect for this display, or for another Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month activity. Why not try...