Fact Sheet FS1079
In June 2011, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) introduced MyPlate as its new nutrition guide. Both MyPlate and the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans promote integrating more balance into the American diet, while adding emphasis to eating more plant foods by making half of the food on American's plates fruits and vegetables. Likewise, experts suggest that we eat 5–9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Despite the concensus that Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables, a 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), showed that only 13.1% of Americans surveyed actually do eat the recommended amount fruits and vegetables every day. But...why?
While there is no one single answer, health professionals suggest that many of us simply don't know how to put these health recommendations into practice. We're cooking less, eating out more, and are frequently eating on the run. What we need are the tools to make eating more fruits and vegetables quick, convenient, and easy. Try these ideas to help you add more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine—quickly and easily.
Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) works with families, schools, and communities to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. Visit njaes.rutgers.edu/fchs for information on all of our programs, and learn how to bring them to your school, worksite, or community organization. Visit these websites for more ideas on adding more fruits and vegetables to your daily routine:
Source: The White House Recipes cookbook.
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