Today CDC released the 2018 State Action Guides on Fruits and Vegetables. These guides show how states are doing on important measures of access and affordability, and highlight ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
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, about 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.
The State Action Guides provide actionable steps to promote a healthy food environment. The guides can be used by public health practitioners, decision makers, and agriculture and food systems leaders to tailor interventions to their states and communities.
Please help us spread the word by sharing these important resources with your contacts. Thank you for the work you do to make healthy eating easy and affordable for all.
Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC