Are you and your children getting your daily dose of fruit and vegetables?
A diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a decreased risk for many chronic diseases and some cancers.
The daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables is 5 – 9. Nearly 1/3 students in the study below didn’t eat even one!
If you and your children are not getting the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet, are you supplementing?
To assess fruit and vegetable consumption among high school students, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study (NYPANS).
28.5% of high school students consumed fruit <1 time daily, and 33.2% consumed vegetables <1 time daily. Only 16.8% consumed fruit ≥4 times daily, and 11.2% of students consumed vegetables ≥4 times daily.
Reported by Sonia A. Kim, PhD, Kirsten A. Grimm, MPH, Diane M. Harris, PhD, Kelley S. Scanlon, PhD, Div. of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity; Zewditu Demissie, PhD, EIS Officer, CDC.
The CDC provides guidance and funding to states, territories, and communities to improve fruit and vegetable access and availability.
For the USDA’s food guidelines, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.