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CDC report highlights state and local successes in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption

Monday, June 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
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The 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables provides national and state-level data on how many fruits and vegetables (F&V) adults and adolescents are eating, and highlights steps states and communities are taking to make it easier for everyone to access F&V.

Daily fruit and vegetable consumption data for adolescents and adults are derived from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Environmental and policy indicators measure a state's ability to support F&V consumption through increased access and availability in communities, schools, and child care centers.

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.

To view the report, and find out about innovative state and local efforts to increase F&V access and consumption, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/professionals/data/index.html. To learn about CDC-funded initiatives to prevent obesity, improve nutrition, and increase physical activity, please visit www.cdc.gov/obesity or contact Jennifer Greaser JGreaser@cdc.gov.


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