June 2013 > Wellness Wise
Not Just an Apple a Day
Recent recommendations indicate we should fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables at every meal. Unfortunately, most of us are not getting anywhere close to enough of the good stuff.
Here are a few ways you can start improving your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables on a regular basis:
- Mix sliced fruit or frozen berries with yogurt or cereal;
- Add apple chunks, pineapple, grapes, or raisins to tuna or chicken salad;
- Add lots of colorful vegetables, such as red cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers to green salads; and,
- Add more vegetables to your sandwiches - lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and avocado slices are flavorful choices.
For additional ideas on improving your diet or your overall health, visit the UT System “Living Well: Make it a Priority” website, which has a wide range of online tools and resources for you to better manage every aspect of your health and well-being. These resources are available to all UT System employees, retirees and dependents. Visit the site at: www.livingwell.utsystem.edu.
More free resources are available to you and your dependents by logging into the Living Well Health Platform powered by Provant:
- Visit "My Nutritional Needs" under the "Nutrition" tab to access several tools that can help you improve your diet and your overall health.
- Use the "Analyze my Diet" tool (within the "My Nutritional Needs" section) to see a breakdown of fat, protein and carbohydrates in your diet based on the foods you've recorded in the Food Log. For best results, log what you’re eating on a daily basis.
Keep eating your apple a day, but don’t stop there! Make fruits and vegetables the foundation of your healthy diet.
*The Living Well Health Platform is available to all UT SELECT Medical Plan members aged 18 and over - including Employees, Retirees, Dependents, Surviving Spouses and COBRA participants.
UT System's "Living Well: Make it a Priority" Worksite Health & Wellness program provides a wealth of resources dedicated to your better health. Find additional helpful resources at: www.livingwell.utsystem.edu.