Fruits and Vegetables

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State Indicator Report on Fruits & Vegetables : State Indicator Report on Fruits & Vegetables For educational purposes only

Report on Fruits & Vegetables : Report on Fruits & Vegetables The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, provides for the first time information on Fruits and Vegetables consumption and policy and environmental support within each state. Fruits and vegetables are important for optimal child growth, weight management, and chronic disease prevention.

Americans : Americans Supporting increased Fruits & Vegetables access, availability, and reduced price are key strategies towards the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) objective of improved Fruits & Vegetables consumption and thus improved nutrition among all Americans.

Surveillance : Surveillance National and state-specific information is reported in the State Indicator Report for behavioral indicators and policy and environmental indicators. The behavioral indicators are derived from objectives for Fruits & Vegetables consumption outlined in Healthy People 2010, a framework for the nation's health priorities, and data is from CDC's health surveillance systems.

Policy & Enviroment : Policy & Enviroment The policy and environmental indicators are from multiple data sources and measure several aspects of a state's ability to support the consumption of Fruits & Vegetables. Each indicator can be measured in most states. Individual states, however, may have data collected through state-wide surveys and/or have policies enacted outside the monitoring period that can augment the information in this State Indicator Report and thus can be used to further inform decision makers.

Officials, Professionals, etC : Officials, Professionals, etC Throughout states and communities, many groups play a role in supporting policy and environmental change to ensure that individuals and families can easily purchase and consume Fruits & Vegetables. When state officials, health professionals, employers, retail owners, farmers, school staff, and community members work together their efforts can increase the number of Americans who live healthier lives by increasing the availability of affordable healthier food choices such as Fruits & Vegetables.

Data in Report: : Data in Report: Data in the State Indicator Report can be used by states to track progress on a variety of indicators in order to— Portray how states support the consumption of Fruits & Vegetables. Celebrate state successes. Identify opportunities for improvement of Fruits & Vegetables support through environmental, policy and/or systems approaches.

Behavioral Indicators : Behavioral Indicators The national Healthy People 2010 fruit objective and vegetable objective are to- Increase the proportion of Americans aged at least 2 years- Consuming daily ≥2 servings of fruit to 75% (Objective 19-5) and ≥3 servings of vegetables to 50% (Objective 19-6), respectively

State’s Progress : State’s Progress In the State Indicator Report, each state's progress towards the national Healthy People 2010 fruit objective, vegetable objective, and both F&V objectives are assessed from the Fruits & Vegetables consumption survey items included in the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (adults aged ≥ 18 years) and the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (adolescents in grades 9–12).

National & State Data : National & State Data This is the first time that national and state-specific data for the proportion of Americans in each state meeting both Fruits & Vegetables consumption objectives is presented. The information for this indicator differs from the older Healthy People 2000 objective of 5 or more Fruits & Vegetables as that measure could be met by only consuming one component, e.g. fruit.

Healthy People 2010 : Healthy People 2010 The behavioral indicators profile the extent to which adults and adolescents in the state consume Fruits & Vegetables as derived from the Healthy People 2010 objectives and are the — Proportion of adults in the state consuming daily: ≥2 fruit (objective 19-5), ≥3 vegetables (objective 19-6), and both ≥2 fruit and ≥3 vegetables (both objectives 19-5 and 19-6). Proportion of adolescents in the state consuming daily: ≥2 fruit (objective 19-5), ≥3 vegetables (objective 19-6), and both ≥2 fruit and ≥3 vegetables (both objectives 19-5 and 19-6).

Availability/Consumption : Availability/Consumption The indicators represent three different types of strategies for improved Fruits & Vegetables consumption. These types of strategies can occur or be supported at the state-level and/or occur or be supported at the community-level across the state. States may focus on a few or many of the indicators based on their existing capacity, partnerships, and resources. The strategy areas also generally reflect similar strategies to those that support healthy food choices at the local, community, or school level 3-5 and strategies that encourage communities to organize for change: Availability of healthier food retail in communities. Availability of healthier foods and nutrition services in schools. Food system support.

Healthier Communities : Healthier Communities Strategies and policies to improve the food environment can include increased access to healthier foods such as Fruits & Vegetables through retail vendors in communities. This can include increased access to supermarkets and grocery stores that typically stock a high proportion of healthier foods including Fruits & Vegetables, improved availability of healthier foods such as Fruits & Vegetables in small stores including convenience and corner stores, and more farm-to-consumer approaches such as stands and markets where farmers directly sell Fruits & Vegetables to consumers. 1-(800)-251-8996

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