State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018 | Nutrition | CDC
New Report Highlights State Support for Fruits and Vegetables
Today CDC released the 2018 State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables. This report highlights approaches to increase the purchase, supply, and demand of fruits and vegetables in states and communities across the United States.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Despite these benefits, only 1 in 10 U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day.
Educating individuals about the benefits of fruits and vegetables is important, but these efforts are not enough. We need a collective approach that improves the convenience and affordability of healthy foods where Americans live, learn, work, and play.
CDC’s 2018 State Indicator Report highlights state-level policies and supports that increase access to fruits and vegetables.
Key findings include:
These efforts can increase access to and affordability of fruits and vegetables in states and communities, strengthening regional food systems and supporting the local economy.
Public health practitioners and decision-makers can use this report to quickly assess how their state is doing and identify strategies they can put in place to improve access to fruits and vegetables in their communities.
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