The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service program areas are:
*Agriculture and Natural Resources
*Health and Human Sciences
*Economic and Community Development
National Nutrition Month is celebrated in the month of March each year. In recognition, a Fruit and Vegetable Challenge, to increase consumption of produce, would be a great goal for all of us. Challenge yourself to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday. Plan a variety of fruits and vegetable consumption daily including dark green and orange/yellow produce. Fruits and vegetables aid in reducing the onset of a variety of diseases prevalent in our society including some forms of cancer. Make sure you present yourself appropriately to all your family members by serving as a role model in enjoying fruits and vegetables at mealtimes. Youth today do not eat enough fruits and vegetables and should be encouraged at a young age. Try new fruits and vegetables you have not tried before and prepare them in differnt forms. For example, cooked or raw vegetables. Fruits and vegetables also supply our bodies with plenty of fiber. Set your fruit and vegetable consumption goal today!