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August 7, 2015 5:50 PMCategory: Nutrition

U.S. Not Getting Daily Intake of Fruit and Veggies

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Recently, the CDC released a report that calls attention to the average number of fruits and vegetable that are eaten by people in each state. We wanted to share this post from Mother Jones, which shows a very clear chart of which states have the highest percentage of daily intake consuming fresh produce.

USDA’s “… guidelines suggest that adults who work out less than 30 minutes per day eat about 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit per day and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables. (A cup of fruit is equivalent to a small apple, a cup of vegetables is about a dozen baby carrots.)” California takes the lead in consuming the most vegetables (13%) and fruit (17.7%), with Mississippi ranking lowest for vegetable daily intake (5.5%) and Tennessee lowest for fruit intake (7.5%).

Plan4Health has many coalitions working towards access to healthy foods and beverages, using strategies like collaborating with owners to bring healthy foods to corner stores or strengthening farmer’s markets. By working together and sharing best practices, Plan4Health wants to make sure all communities have access to healthy options.

Ask yourself what can you do to be a part of increasing daily produce intake in your community, in your state, or even your region.

This week is National Farmer’s Market week, and Farmers Market Coalition has lots of resources and information about how farmers markets support local health and access to nutritious food!

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