The Health Education Resource Center (HERC) is affiliated with Health Service and serves as a source of information on health related topics. The HERC provides students, faculty and staff with a wide variety of health programs. The HERC's goal is to keep EIU's campus healthy, so students can succeed at all of their university endeavors.
EIU, students and staff alike are always looking for new ways to help improve
the daily lives of the campus community. So what is the HERC up to this Spring
semester? One of the new programs that are being featured during Spring 2013 is
the EIU Fruits & Vegetables Campaign!
the Fruits and Vegetables Campaign? The HERC is getting together and working
with County Market and EIU Housing and Dinning in an attempt to get students to
increase their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables to 5-9 servings per
day. According to the American College Health Association, the average servings
a college student consumes of fruits and vegetables each day is only about 2.
is the proper serving amount when it comes to our fruit and vegetable intake?
Well according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and MyPlate,
on average half of your plate each meal should be made up of fruits and
is determined to show students that eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have
to ‘suffer’ through boring foods that they easily get tired of or may never
have the taste for. Each week the Campaign will have a theme in which there
will be certain goals that the participants will take part in. From "Getting Leafy with it" to “Going Bananas,” there are a wide variety of fun and
interesting themes. Each week participating students will also get an
informational card that has tips for the week that go along with each theme.
The informational card will also include a yummy recipe on it! And let’s be
honest… What can go wrong with a free healthy recipe for brownies or omelets?
To accompany this campaign, which will primarily
take place within the dining halls, there will be posters and paw prints
located throughout the dining halls, student union, and County Market that will
help provide students with more helpful tips and information. A presentation
will also be made available upon request which would be great for floor
programs, student organization meetings and more!
This year can be
a year for change, so why not start with a change for the better? Start with
learning about proper nutrition and about the importance of fruits and
vegetables by taking part in this year’s Fruits & Vegetables 2013 Campaign! For more information or to sign up in the
focus group, please email the Nutrition Education Coordinator at email@example.com.
Want a sneak
peak at the campaigns themes? Check it out! Timeline of
Eat 5-9 Servings to Fuel Your 9-5 Life
Make ½ Your Plate Fruits & Vegetables
Get Leafy With It
Veg Out Get Fruity