CDC gives NC low marks for healthy eating

The newly published State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 shows that no state is meeting national goals for the amount of fruits and vegetables Americans should be eating.

The goal is for at least 75% of Americans to be eating at least 2 fruits daily and for 50% to be eating at least 3 vegetables daily. However, only 33% and 27% of adults are meeting these goals.

According to the report: 25 percent of NC adults are eating 2 fruits daily and 30 percent are eating at least 3 vegetables daily. In NC, 25 percent of teens are eating 2 fruits daily and 10 percent are eating at least 3 vegetables daily.

According to the report: NC has 1.6 farmers markets per 100,000 residents. 25 percent of middle and high schools offer fruits and vegetables as competitive foods. Fruits and vegetables are harvested on three percent of cropland acreage.

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