LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Only one in four adults and one in ten teens eat the recommended four to five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, according to the La Crosse County Health Department.
A new local effort is encouraging you to accomplish that goal, it's called Harvest of the Month.
Schools have been working hard to help students try new fruits and vegetables that are grown locally in class through the farm to school program.
"We had carrots and boy the excitement about carrots," Jennifer Miller, Head Start Nutrition Consultant said. "And the word got spread at home. They were coming home and asking for more carrots so it's just so cool to see."
The health department has been pushing families to take Foot Steps to Health, another program with the goal of helping local residents increase the amount of fruit and vegetables they're eating.
Now they're working together and hoping to have an even bigger impact on the community, through Harvest of the Month, a new fruit and vegetable featured all around the community each month.
"If we're successful what you'll see is a child will be exposed to fresh fruits and veggies at school," Linda Lee, Nutrition Manager, La Crosse County Health Department said. "They then would go to the grocery store or convenience store and see that same fruit and vegetable."
The Harvest of the Month will be featured at places like Kwik Trip and Walmart.
"We're going to have the recipes up so our guests can come in and grab a recipe that has the carrots in it, that harvest of the month program is promoting," Paul Servais, Retail Food Service Director, Kwik Trip said.
Servais said Kwik Trip has 21 locations in the county which makes them accessible to everyone.
"Our goal is to have healthy choice and having fresh fruits and vegetables makes the opportunity to have those healthy fruit and vegetables in stores," Servais said.
Employers like Mayo Clinic Health System and Trane are on board too.
"Once a month we're offering nutrition kiosks to allow our employees, patients, visitors to come down and sample one or both Harvest of the Months," Katie Wagoner, Health Promotions Consultant, Mayo Clinic Health System said.
So Mayo is sampling sweet potato chips.
"Sliced very thin, baked with a little olive oil and salt, garlic and rosemary," Wagoner said.
The chips were a hit and they're hoping the partnerships will be too.
March's Harvest of the Month will be cabbage and bananas. You'll be able to find those featured in participating convenience stores, employers, restaurants and schools.
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