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Americans Still Not Eating Enough Fruits And Vegetables

September 10, 2010: 07:10 AM EST
Though a fruit- and vegetable-rich diet has been shown to cut the risk of many fatal diseases and can help people manage their weight, less than a third of U.S. adults eat vegetables at least twice a day, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Healthy People initiative’s national targets include increasing to 75 percent the number of Americans aged two and older who eat fruit twice a day, and increasing to 50 percent the number who eat vegetables three times a day. But in 2009, an estimated 32.5 percent of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3 percent consumed vegetables three times a day. No state met either target, CDC said, and only one state showed significant progress.
KA Grimm, MPH, HM Blanck, PhD, KS Scanlon, PhD, LV Moore, PhD, LM Grummer-Strawn, PhD, Div of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; JL Foltz, MD, EIS Officer, CDC., "State-Specific Trends in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Adults — United States, 2000–2009", Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, September 10, 2010, © Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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