Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Low in Youths

High school students eating less than the recommended portions

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- High school students are consuming far fewer fruits and vegetables than are recommended for optimal health, according to research published in the Nov. 25 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report.

Sonia A. Kim, Ph.D., of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2010 National Youth Physical Activity and Nutrition Study to assess the status of fruit and vegetable consumption among high school students.

The researchers found that high school students consumed both fruits and vegetables a median of 1.2 times per day in 2010. More than a quarter of students consumed fruit less than once a day, and about a third of students consumed vegetables less than once a day.

"The infrequent fruit and vegetable consumption by high school students highlights the need for effective strategies to increase consumption. Policy and environmental approaches to provide greater access to and availability of fruits and vegetables are among the strategies that schools and communities might choose to achieve this goal," the authors write.

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