American Kids are not Eating Fruits & Veggies

Big challenge – and need to address and fix it [at KIND and PeaceWorks we are working on several initiatives to make fruits & veggies more convenient without detracting from minimally processed, attractive natural wholesome essence]

Kids Eat Few Fruits, Veggies

WSJ Associated Press

Fewer than 10% of U.S. high-school students are eating the combined recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables, a finding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called "poor" in a report.

The report, based on 2007 data, found that 13% of U.S. high-school students get at least three servings of vegetables a day and just 32% get two servings of fruit. Fewer than one in 10 get enough of both combined.

Some states—including Arkansas and North Carolina—were significantly below those averages. But some New England states, particularly Vermont, were notably better.

The CDC said the report was the first to give such detailed information on adolescents’ fruit and vegetable consumption. The data come from a national survey of about 100,000 high-school students.

CDC officials said the findings indicate a disheartening gap between how people should be eating and what they are actually consuming in an era of rampant obesity.

Federal nutrition goals for 2010 call for at least 75% of Americans to eat two servings of fruit each day and at least 50% to eat three vegetable servings.

"This is a call for states, communities, schools and families to support increased fruit and vegetable consumption," said Heidi Blanck, a CDC senior scientist who worked on the report.

The CDC also released data on a survey of adults. It found fruit and vegetable consumption was basically unchanged from when a similar survey was done in 2005: About 27% got at least three servings of vegetables a day, and 33% got two servings of fruit.

People who participated in the survey were asked, essentially, how many times a day they had fruits or vegetables.

Vermont and other states that had higher rates of fruit and vegetable consumption were also more likely to have fruit available in school vending machines or at snack shops, Ms. Blanck said.

—Copyright © 2009 Associated Press

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  1. Nicola said:

    I have started this Diet (lifestyle chagne) in the middle of November at 140lbs, and now at 117lbsA DIET IS WHAT YOU EAT .there for we are all on a diet .THINK LIFESTYLE CHANGEYou got the chagne the way you think and feel about foodTRY THIS, and stick to it.The first 3-4 weeks are the hardest until your body adjusts to the chagne.Results will be in about the same timeFruits and VeggiesEat more plants and keep away from stuff that was made in plants.Don’t eat anything that comes in a can, box or package . ..THEY HAVE ADDITIVES IN THEM THAT MAKE YOU ADDICTED TO THE FOOD ..If man made it, don’t eat itNO white BREAD or SUGARNO PIZZA, I am in the pizza business, and it is not good for you, very high in FAT and CaloriesNO FRIED FOOD Stay away from FAST FOODNO POP, SODA or FIZZY DRINKSWalk your dog, or walk a friends dogDon’t think of it as a diet, but think of it as a lifestyle chagneI have lost 28.5 pounds in 3 months, drink lots of water. I usually eat a meal of what ever I want once a week .controlled portion .this really works Write down every thing you eattake a multivitamin at night

  2. Sandra said:

    yes you can have too much fruit and to put it bluntly you can end up with awful diiytheaeverrrhang in moderationmake sure you are still getting lots of fibre that is very important as is protein and iron you don’t want to become anemicgood luck xxx

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