Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some progress but more work to do...


 A CDC  study analyzed data from children aged 2-18 from 2003 to 2010.  Whole fruit intake among children aged 2–18 years increased by 12% of the 2003–2004 baseline amount per year from 2003 to 2010. Fruit juice intake significantly decreased. Vegetable intake among children did not change from  2003 to 2010.

 Most children still consume too few fruits and
vegetables, in spite of progress. About 60% of children consume fewer fruits than recommended, and 93% of children consume fewer vegetables than recommended.  Schools and early care and education providers can help continue progress on fruit intake and improve vegetable intake by: 1) meeting or exceeding current nutrition standards for meals and snacks, 2) serving fruits and vegetables whenever food is offered, 3) training staff members to make fruits and vegetables more appealing
and ready to eat, and 4) providing nutrition education and hands-on learning opportunities such as growing
and preparing fruits and vegetables.  In short, public health needs to continue doing what it has been doing...paying attention to food policies and food environments in multiple settings.
The full report can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/   For more information, contact susan.motika@state.co.us .




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