Report Summarizes Produce Consumption By State

Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the "State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009." This document summarizes data for fruit and vegetable consumption from multiple sources and, for the first time, breaks the results down by state. It also discusses policies and environmental supports that can make it easier for everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables.

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The State Indicator Report shows that all states in the country fall short of national objectives for consumption of fruits and vegetables, which aim for 75% of Americans to eat at least two servings of fruit, and for 50% of Americans to eat at least three servings of vegetables daily.

Nationally, CDC supported state surveys indicate that only 33% of adults are meeting the recommendation for fruit consumption and 27% are meeting the vegetable recommendation. On average, only 14% of American adults consume at least two servings of fruit and at least three servings of vegetables each day. The statistics are even worse for high school students: 32% of them report eating at least two fruit servings daily and 13% say they eat at least three vegetable servings each day. On average, only 9.5% of American adolescents consume at least two servings of fruit and at least three servings of vegetables each day.

"A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important for optimal growth in children, weight management, and the prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers," said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., president and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation. "The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables clearly shows that, while some areas are doing a better job of encouraging and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, policies need to be implemented or improved to promote healthy eating to both children and adults. The Fruits and Veggies-More Matters website, fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org, can act as a resource to assist in these efforts."

While all states are well below recommendations, those states doing a better job of eating their two or more fruit servings and three or more vegetable servings are:

Adults
District of Columbia – 20.1%
Vermont – 17.9%
Maine – 17.7%
Hawaii – 17.5%
New York – 16.5%
Massachusetts – 16.4%
Connecticut and New Hampshire – 16.2% (tie)
Arizona and California – 16.1% (tie)

Adolescents
Vermont – 11.4%
Florida – 10.9%
Connecticut – 10.4%
Kansas and New Hampshire – 10.1% (tie)
Illinois and Maine – 10% (tie)
Hawaii – 9.2%
Indiana and District of Columbia – 8.8% (tie)
Among the states most in need of improving fruit and vegetable consumption are:

Adults
Mississippi – 8.8%
Oklahoma and South Carolina – 9.3% (tie)
Alabama – 9.8%
South Dakota – 10%
West Virginia – 10.3%
Kansas – 10.6%
Kentucky and North Carolina – 10.8% (tie)
Arkansas and Missouri – 11.2% (tie)

Adolescents
Arkansas – 5.2%
North Carolina – 6%
Kentucky – 6.1%
South Carolina – 6.3%
Wisconsin – 6.7%
Alaska and Oklahoma – 7% (tie)
Maryland and Ohio – 7.2% (tie)
Arizona, Michigan, and Utah – 7.4% (tie)

Adolescent Data Unavailable for: California, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

"The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetable, 2009" is available from CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/) at www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/indicatorreport.

Source: press release from the Produce For Better Health Foundation

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

If this were a school testing system , one would conclude that the test was set wrong for the audience being tested. That is also the basic conclusion here and if a 75 % target under the same testing scenario is considered possible then let us examiine the smoking substance of the party who created or even dreamt of this possibility.

The alternate conclusion in this whole scene is that access to fruits and vegetables is prohibited by the very basic theme COST. In the current economic climate, or indeed in any economic climate, the consumption of the amounts envisaged is beyond the reach of the average citizen.

Let’s get real on a possible target and maybe we could approach it. Idealism is one thing, reality another.

Stewart A Jackson, Ph.D. Geology , and a vegetable grower, fruit grower , and gardener life long.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

It’s about time the Govt. and the producers got their act together. The price of unripened fruit is insanely high, and that is all that seems to be available most of the year. Yes we all know that there must be some lead time between the fruit being harvested and being transported to market, and being reasonably expected to complete the ripening process with in a few days after purchase. However; especially where plumbs, peaches and nectarines, just to name a few, are concerned I have made many purchases where the fruit spoiled without ever having ripened enough to eat. Tomatoes and other such veggies often spoil internally rendering them slop for the hogs.
Every time I purchase these kinds of items and some of it spoils, the overall price for the edible portion goes up. I do the shopping for my home and I am always watching the prices. I could understand price increases when the price of gasoline was around $4.00 per gallon and more, and diesel was even more, but these prices have fallen and the produce prices remain at an all time high.
The growers, brokers and marketers, seem to be ignoring the fact that we are in a depression, even if the Govt. does not want to admit to this obvious issue.
When there is a limited amount of money to spend, I am not going to waste it on “fresh” “green” fruit and vegetables that have less nutritional value than store brand can goods.
It is high time the Govt. set more accurate standards regarding just what fruit and vegetable products can be marketed as ripe/tree ripened/vine ripened etc. I live where tomatoes are grown for the national market. they are harvested absolutely green and hard as a baseball, gassed to turn them red, and sold as vine ripened. This is not only false advertising, it is an out right lie!
A fool and his money are soon parted, but a fool never should have been trusted with the family budget anyway.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I understand the reality of prohibitive cost of fresh tasty and healthy fruits and vegetables. The solution is simple for many families , get a backyard greenhouse and grow your own veggies , fruits are harder. Last winter my wife and myself lived out of a solarium greenhouse 8 X 12 ft , tomatoes at 3.19 / lb
lettuce at 1.79 , cukes at 1.49 ea. ours were virtually free.No poison, pesticides,herbicides,
E-coli,salmonella,and a host of other dangers that
come with commercial store purchased food.
The physic income is an unseen pay raise

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

If this were a school testing system , one would conclude that the test was set wrong for the audience being tested. That is also the basic conclusion here and if a 75 % target under the same testing scenario is considered possible then let us examiine the smoking substance of the party who created or even dreamt of this possibility.

The alternate conclusion in this whole scene is that access to fruits and vegetables is prohibited by the very basic theme COST. In the current economic climate, or indeed in any economic climate, the consumption of the amounts envisaged is beyond the reach of the average citizen.

Let’s get real on a possible target and maybe we could approach it. Idealism is one thing, reality another.

Stewart A Jackson, Ph.D. Geology , and a vegetable grower, fruit grower , and gardener life long.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

It’s about time the Govt. and the producers got their act together. The price of unripened fruit is insanely high, and that is all that seems to be available most of the year. Yes we all know that there must be some lead time between the fruit being harvested and being transported to market, and being reasonably expected to complete the ripening process with in a few days after purchase. However; especially where plumbs, peaches and nectarines, just to name a few, are concerned I have made many purchases where the fruit spoiled without ever having ripened enough to eat. Tomatoes and other such veggies often spoil internally rendering them slop for the hogs.
Every time I purchase these kinds of items and some of it spoils, the overall price for the edible portion goes up. I do the shopping for my home and I am always watching the prices. I could understand price increases when the price of gasoline was around $4.00 per gallon and more, and diesel was even more, but these prices have fallen and the produce prices remain at an all time high.
The growers, brokers and marketers, seem to be ignoring the fact that we are in a depression, even if the Govt. does not want to admit to this obvious issue.
When there is a limited amount of money to spend, I am not going to waste it on “fresh” “green” fruit and vegetables that have less nutritional value than store brand can goods.
It is high time the Govt. set more accurate standards regarding just what fruit and vegetable products can be marketed as ripe/tree ripened/vine ripened etc. I live where tomatoes are grown for the national market. they are harvested absolutely green and hard as a baseball, gassed to turn them red, and sold as vine ripened. This is not only false advertising, it is an out right lie!
A fool and his money are soon parted, but a fool never should have been trusted with the family budget anyway.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

I understand the reality of prohibitive cost of fresh tasty and healthy fruits and vegetables. The solution is simple for many families , get a backyard greenhouse and grow your own veggies , fruits are harder. Last winter my wife and myself lived out of a solarium greenhouse 8 X 12 ft , tomatoes at 3.19 / lb
lettuce at 1.79 , cukes at 1.49 ea. ours were virtually free.No poison, pesticides,herbicides,
E-coli,salmonella,and a host of other dangers that
come with commercial store purchased food.
The physic income is an unseen pay raise