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Learn how to eat more veggies….and enjoy doing it!

As we put the holiday season behind us, many Iowans are making resolutions to eat healthier in the New Year. Finding time to plan, prepare and serve healthy meals the whole family will enjoy can be a challenge. Including vegetables as part of a balanced diet is also something many Iowans struggle to do on a regular basis. We all know that eating vegetables is important for overall health; however, many Iowans are not consuming the recommended servings of vegetables daily- with over one-quarter (26.9%) of adults in Iowa eating vegetables less than once a day. Vegetable consumption is important for optimal weight management and chronic disease prevention for Iowans of all ages.

To help families get on the right track to meeting their health goals, Cass County Extension is excited to be hosting the Viva Las Veggies! Program on Thursday, January 26th at 6 PM. The whole family is invited to attend this FREE program! Participants will make and eat a light supper, featuring a salad with a variety of topping possibilities and samples of homemade dressings. Adults and kids will enjoy creating a tasty, healthy meal in minutes!

Barb Fuller, ISU Extension Nutrition and Wellness Program Specialist, will present the Viva Las Veggies program on Thursday, January 26th from 6-7 PM at the Cass County Community Center. Adult participants will learn the potential health benefits of including more vegetables in the diet, discuss barriers to increasing vegetable intake, and set goals to meet the daily vegetable recommendation. Youth will participate in fun, hands-on activities to help them identify healthy meal choices and pick foods from all the food groups.

This program is FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required by Tuesday, January 24th to ensure a meal will be available. For more information or to register contact the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132.