Inexpensive but Meaningful Health Fair Prizes, Rewards, and Giveaways

If you are on a budget and looking for inexpensive prizes, giveways, and rewards for nutrition, health, and wellness classes, check out our new list:

Free infosheet: Inexpensive Wellness Fair or Health Fair Giveaways and Prize list – 40 ideas

You can see all of our prizes here:

Prizes for Health Fairs

Enjoy!

Display of the Month: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so what better time is there to celebrate the joys of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables? This month’s display will help you do just that, without having to burn the midnight oil.

The Materials:

The Activities:

  • Game: Name That Fruit or Vegetable
  • Brainstorming Session: Incorporating Variety into Your Meals

The Details:

To set up your space, first arrange your table with the Color Your World with Food Banner hanging along the front. Flanking it to one side, add the You Need Fuel: Choose Wisely Banner and Stand. To balance it, set up your brainstorming space on the other side of the table. Arrange the Fruit and Vegetable Balloons behind the table. Now top the table with the I Heart Fruits and Vegetables Poster on a Tabletop Easel and arrange some of the Fruit and Vegetable Handouts out in front of it. Line up your prizes (Fruit and Vegetable Pens and Fruit and Vegetable Stickers) at the front of your table, then take a step back and evaluate. How does the display look? Make any necessary shifts, then get ready for your activities.

Display of the month

For the Name That Fruit or Vegetable Game assemble a collection of facts and trivia about common fruits and vegetables. Food and Health’s blog has a few pages of great resources for this game, and the Name That Fruit and Veggie PowerPoint Slideshow is full of fruit and veggie facts as well. Consider the following examples as inspiration for your own collection.

  • This guitar-shaped squash is rich in alpha carotene, which has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer (butternut).
  • These tart citrus fruits contain limonin, a cancer-fighting compound that is good for your health (lemons).
  • These starchy veggies are fat-free sources of vitamin E (yams).
  • This tree-like veggie is part of the cabbage family (broccoli).

Once you’ve assembled your facts and trivia (note: this should be before the fair), collect a group of people at your booth to compete for the prizes you’ve displayed. Present each fun fact and let people guess what fruit or vegetable matches it. Offer correct answers and prizes as you go, or have people track their successes and declare a winner at the end of the game.

After the game, turn to brainstorming. Grab your marker and a spot within reach of the brainstorming space, then ask people to discuss the fruits and vegetables they commonly eat. Do they get enough? Review the recommendations set forward by MyPlate and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, then return to the main topic. How can people incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their meals? How can they build up the variety of fruits and veggies they eat in a week? Offer the remaining prizes for participation, handing them out as volunteers call out suggestions.

Additional Resources:

There are lots of other fruit and vegetable resources that would be perfect for this display, or for another Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month activity. Why not try…

And for more inspiration, check out the previous editions of the Display of the Month series…

Here’s the free printable Fruit and Vegetable Handout for your display!

Fruit and Vegetable Handout

And finally, last but not least, here are some essentials for your Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month celebration…

A Thank You from Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Are you making the most of the free resources that Food and Health offers to health and nutrition educators?

This is the free bookmark we offered for the auction.The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics did.

When they were putting together a silent auction to raise money for their scholarship fund, Marilyn C. Holmes, MS, RD, LDN, State Fundraising Chair of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and Shelley Flint, Executive Director of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics remembered the program from Food and Health Communications that supports health professionals.

After connecting with us, they found themselves the happy recipients of several free nutrition education posters and enough MyPlate bookmarks for each attendee. We even threw in some copies of Home Run Cooking, our popular guide to healthful and easy meals. All of these materials were very well-recieved by their target audience, and Food and Health Communications helped the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics exceed their fundraising goal.

After the event, Marilyn and Shelly wrote to us, saying…

“Thank you and Food and Health Communications for donating the great Home Run cookbooks to our silent auction. As you might guess with a room full of registered dietitians, these books were well received and valued. Thanks to you and others for your generosity, we were able to go over our goal of $1000, for our scholarship fund. Thank you again for adding to the success of our annual meeting. We truly appreciate you for your contribution.”

Shelly followed up after that email to add…

“I am adding on to my previous email to send an extended great thanks for the posters and coupons. They were presented as door prizes and were well received. I received one of your wonderful posters last year and have used it on numerous occasions this year. You certainly are appreciated for your generosity and giving to the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.”

So, what are you waiting for? If you haven’t availed yourself of the free poster program for dietitian meetings, do it now!

(Remember, this program is just for professionals, not consumers).

And, of course, there are tons of amazing wellness materials in the Nutrition Education Store. Check out some of these top sellers…

Actual MyPlate Plate

Actual MyPlate Plate

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