Eat Better

Eating better doesn’t just mean eating less. It means eating smarter, too. The programs, tips and information below can help along the way.

Verdant Programs

Diabetes Prevention Program

Program funded: Beginning in 2018

Nine out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know that they have it. This statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is alarming. At the Verdant Health Commission, we want to help our community members identify if they are at risk of developing diabetes and find support to prevent or manage it.

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Heath Access Program for Underserved Communities


Chronic Kidney Disease Education & Prevention


Everyday Prevention Program

Program funded: January 2015 – December 2017, Renewed January 2018 – December 2020

How do non-English speakers access health and wellness education? For first-generation immigrants, the answer may be that they simply don’t. The Verdant Health Commission partnered with Korean Women’s Association to make it easier for Korean speakers to learn how to manage their health and navigate the health care system.

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Tips & Info

Improve Your Produce IQ: Rutabagas

When I was looking for vegetable purée recipes to use as sauces on pasta, I decided to try one that included rutabagas since that was an unfamiliar vegetable for me. I had previously avoided it because it seemed too close to turnips, which I was also unfamiliar with and have a reputation for being bitter and fibrous. So I gave the rutabaga a try and totally love them.

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Sunchokes

Throughout the years, my family and I have been trying to enjoy as wide of a variety of vegetables. One vegetable we have never had until now is the sunchoke, or Jerusalem artichoke, which is a perennial root vegetable. They grow in the ground like potatoes and sweet potatoes, though they are small, like ginger knobs.

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Improve Your Produce IQ: Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable, just like broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. Like these other vegetables, it grows above ground where part of the stem of the plant swells into a ball close to the soil.

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Ideas for back-to-school lunches

It’s that time of the year – school is here! If you’re a parent or caregiver, you may already feel overwhelmed just thinking about packing school lunches for your kiddos. Lunch planning and packing are actually great activities to involve your kids in.

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Making an entree salad

Summer is the perfect season to make salad your main entrée. With the abundance of great produce you can create enjoyable meals that are fresh, local and seasonal.

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Nutrition and bone health

​Bone is a living, growing tissue, composed mainly of a protein called collagen, which allows our bones to be flexible. In addition to collagen, calcium phosphate, a mineral, provides the bones with strength and stability.

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