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CDC to N.C. residents: Eat your fruits and veggies

Posted October 7, 2009

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— A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that North Carolinians aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables.

According to the State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 25 percent of North Carolina adults meet the recommendation of at least two servings of fruit a day, compared with 33 percent nationwide. Thirty percent of adults statewide meet the vegetable recommendation of at least three servings daily, compared with 27 percent in the U.S.

Among high school students, a quarter in North Carolina report eating at least two fruits daily, compared with nearly a third nationally, and fewer than 10 percent say they eat at least three vegetables each day, compared with 13 percent nationally.

“A diet high in fruits and vegetables is important for children to grow properly, for everyone to manage their weight and to prevent chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers that currently contribute to poor health outcomes in North Carolina,” Dr. Jeff Engel, state health director, said in a statement.

The CDC report encourages changes in three key areas: make healthier food more available in supermarkets, grocery stores, and markets; make healthier food available in schools and increase awareness among students through Farm-to-School and other programs; and improve food systems to get fruits and vegetables from local farms to consumers.

The North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council, which was created in August through a new state law, will address programs and policies to develop and sustain a local food economy.

North Carolina also is working with 24 other states and the CDC to reduce obesity and other chronic diseases by helping Americans be more active and consume healthier diets.

“The good news is that the tools in this CDC report will help North Carolina officials, business leaders, coalitions and community-based organizations better determine what is taking place in communities and schools across the state and then to identify policies that can be put in place or improved to promote healthy eating among our residents,” Engel said.


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  • HillBilly Oct 9, 2009

    I just love reading the comments of all these mental giants who seem to always know what is best for everybody. Thanks to all of you who act as if you are the only ones who can read. Thanks to all of you who think you are the only ones who know vegtables and fruit are good for you and grease is bad. Love the budget comments on fruit - vs - bad burgers (only price he got right was the hamburger). All of this talk about food has made me hungry. Let's eat.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 8, 2009

    hollylama, if you need "incentives" to eat right...to be healthy to extend **your own** life... WOW.

    I've heard people not taking responsibility for themselves, but that's gotta be the most extreme example I've ever heard.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 8, 2009

    Are these stats true? Do people really eat like Cavemen and get less than 3 fruits/veggies per day?!

    If so, I'm shocked. I had no idea folks were that...umm...not smart.

  • chargernut69 Oct 8, 2009

    Well, if the price of fresh fruit and vegetables wasn't so high maybe there would be alot more people eating them. Oranges - $.99 ea., Peaches - $1.50 per lb., Apples - $.99 per lb.

    I guess the CDC researches make alot of money!...

  • vote4changeASAP Oct 8, 2009

    If your grandmother died at 104, she probably ate natural fats and whole foods for most of her life, being fried in beef tallow, butter, and lard, not partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and other processed oils with added solvents and chemicals.

    That is the difference.

  • 1carpe Oct 7, 2009

    One day last year I was talking to my wife's Grandmother who made the comment the way she eats was going to kill her one day...it did sadly, 8 months later at 104 years old. Ate fried foods her entire life. A big difference today is even when your eating "healthy" there are additives in the foods that were not there 30 + years ago. But you know something? I wish the "life" police would leave people alone.

  • larieke Oct 7, 2009

    YourMileage, come on I was just playing with you. Your advice to the peeps is right on. My grown kids are always trying to police what I eat, and with some success.

    I sure wish I had one of those Big Mac Classics though.

  • MileageWarrior Oct 7, 2009

    lol the one problem here is, big macs are gross! :-@ LOLOL

  • larieke Oct 7, 2009

    I wonder if there is any way to convince McDonald's to bring back the "original" Big Mac? Remember back then, I took only one Big Mac to keep you going all day. After they were forced to take out all the fat, etc., now it takes two or even three. Maybe they could call it the Big Mac Classic. Coke did that pretty effectively after their big screw-up.

    We would have to figure out a way to smuggle it past the Food Police though...hmmm....

  • MileageWarrior Oct 7, 2009

    best way to ignore the ingredients in a big mac and fries is to keep it out of your mouth in the first place. problem solved, no permit required. LOL