This latest report found U.S. youth and adults consume F&V below levels recommended under the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Encouraging news, however, is that:
· 28 states now have farm-to-school or -preschool policies that help guarantee students have healthy meals and nutrition education during the school day.
· In half of all states, more than one-third of middle and high schools that offer foods at school celebrations include fruits and vegetables.
· 20 states have created state-level food policy councils—coalitions of private and public partners working together to improve access to healthy food.
Increasing consumption of F&V by children and adults is important to prevent and reduce obesity in the U.S. Eating F&V lowers the risk of developing many chronic diseases and can also help with weight management. To reverse current trends in childhood and adult obesity, the CDC invests in improving dietary quality; increasing physical activity; and monitoring behavioral, policy, and environmental indicators that support healthy lifestyle choices.