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Americans Skimp on Fruits and Vegetables

The CDC Says More Needs to Be Done to Improve Access, Availability, and Affordability of Fruits, Vegetables

A Look at the Numbers continued...

The five states or areas with the highest percentages of people eating the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables are:

FRUIT                                     

Washington, D.C.   40.2%

California                 40.1%

Vermont      (tie)     38.9%

New York     (tie)    38.9%

Connecticut              37.6%

Maryland                  36.9%

VEGETABLES

Tennessee               33%

Washington, D.C.   32.3%

Maine                        30.6%

Oregon                      30.5%

New Hampshire     30.4%

The five states with the lowest percentages of people eating the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables are:

FRUIT

Oklahoma          18.1%

Mississippi         22.9%

South Carolina  23.3%

Kansas                 23.8%

Kentucky            24.4%

VEGETABLES

South Dakota     19.6%

Louisiana            21.3%

Mississippi         21.6%

Iowa                     21.9%

West Virginia    22.1%

To read the CDC’s report, “Healthy People 2010: Objectives for Improving Health,” visit www.healthypeople.gov/document/pdf/volume2/19nutrition.pdf.

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