September 29, 2009

Few Americans Eat Enough Fruits, Vegetables

A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday found troubling results for teens who don't appear to be eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables.

The CDC report analyzed information from 2007 to find that under 10 percent of US high school students were getting the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables.

Additionally, just 13 percent of teens are consuming at least three helpings of vegetables each day and about 32 percent are eating at least two servings of fruit.

According to the Associated Press, the federal nutrition goals set for 2010 demand at least 75 percent of Americans consume two servings of fruit each day and at least 50 percent to eat three vegetable servings.

"This is a call for states, communities, schools and families to support increased fruit and vegetable consumption," said Heidi Blanck, with the CDC, who worked on the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009.

The CDC says that fruits and vegetables are vital for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention.

The report determined fruit and vegetable consumption on a national and state level. The CDC said the report represents the first national and state-specific data for the proportion of Americans in each state meeting both fruit and vegetable consumption.

"When state officials, health professionals, employers, retail owners, farmers, school staff, and community members work together their efforts can increase the number of Americans who live healthier lives by increasing the availability of affordable healthier food choices such as fruits and vegetables," the CDC said in a statement on its Web site.


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