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Published on September 13, 2012

Fruits and Veggies - More Matters Month

September 13, 2012 

Research shows that fruit and vegetables are important to maintain good health. Yet most of us aren't eating enough fruit and vegetables. This September, Valley West is proud to participate in Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month.

Eating the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables can help protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can also help you lose weight.

cabbageDid you know that there are community gardens locally? The Plano Community Garden is a program of Building Community of Plano, a neighborhood program made up of volunteers, craftsmen, retailers, and community and church leaders. Located on three acres of land provided by local residents, the garden is located at the corner of W. South Street and Suzy Court. A large portion of the produce grown is given to the Kendall County Food Bank. And recently, the garden also started supplying Valley West’s Healthy Culinary Instructor, Jo Cessna, with produce used in demonstrations and classes as part of the hospital’s Ingredients For Healthy Living series.

Valley West proudly supports local growers, and helped celebrate at their annual Garden Walk on August 27. Applications for new gardeners are being accepted. For more information about the Plano Community Garden, visit, or call Ben Eaton at 630.857.6439.

“We’re incredibly lucky to have such a great organization in the community,” says Valley West Community Wellness Manager, Cindy Johnston, RN. “Not only are they providing a great outlet for local gardeners, but they’re also making fruits and vegetables available to a group of people that might otherwise go without. We can’t begin to thank them enough for the service they’re providing.”

Check out to find out how many servings of fruit and veggies you need based on your age, weight, level of physical activity, and gender.

For more resources or classes about adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, please check out Valley West’s Ingredients for Healthy Living series, featuring Healthy Culinary Instructor, Jo Cessna. 

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