CDC Releases New 2018 State Action Guides on Fruits and Vegetables
Last week, the CDC released the 2018 State Action Guides on Fruits and Vegetables. These guides are based on the 2018 Fruit and Vegetable State Indicator Report released earlier this summer and show how states are doing on important measures of access and affordability and highlight ways to increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. Despite these benefits, about 1 in 10 U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day. Educating individuals about the benefits of fruits and vegetables is important, but these efforts are not enough. We need a collective approach that improves the convenience and affordability of healthy foods where Americans live, learn, work, and play.
The State Action Guides provide actionable steps to promote a healthy food environment. The guides can be used by public health practitioners, decision makers, and agriculture and food systems leaders to tailor interventions to their states and communities.
For a more detailed look, find your state’s guidelines here.