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State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018

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Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help protect against a number of serious and costly chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Despite the health benefits, Americans are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.

The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018 highlights approaches to increase the purchase, supply, and demand of fruits and vegetables in states and communities across the U.S.

The report shows the status of 10 indicators of fruit and vegetable access and production for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The report also highlights state successes and provides strategies for improvement.

Public health practitioners and decision-makers can use this report to quickly assess how their state is doing, and identify strategies they can put in place to improve access to fruits and vegetables.

What Can States and Communities Do?

States and communities can:

  • Support fruit and vegetable consumption by making them convenient and affordable where children and families live, work, learn, and play.
    • 31% of farmers markets in the U.S. help make fruits and vegetables affordable for low-income mothers and their children by accepting WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.
  • Partner with diverse stakeholders (like schools, early care and education providers, local and state governments, and large employers) to increase access to fruits and vegetables.
    • 10 states have adopted a policy on food service guidelines that requires healthy foods and beverages, including fruits and vegetables, be sold or served in government worksites and on state owned or controlled property.
    • 44% of middle and high schools have a salad bar in the school cafeteria.
    • 8% of school districts in the U.S. participate in farm to school programs.
    • 3 states include national recommendations for serving fruits and vegetables in state early care and education licensing regulations.
  • Strengthen the local food system to support fruit and vegetable production and distribution.
    • There are 212 food hubs in the U.S. that help small and mid-size farmers to market, aggregate, and distribute fruits and vegetables to local institutions, such as schools, hospitals, large employers, and retailers. This is a win-win for fruit and vegetable producers and consumers.
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