Updated: July 25, 2013

According to a new study from the CDC residents in all 50 states and the District of Columbia continue to fall far short of recommended daily fruit and veggie intakes. Here are the trends:

For the fruit goal of TWO or more servings a day:

  • 32.5% of Americans meet the goal
  • Oklahoma has the fewest residents who met the goal (18.1%)
  • Residents of the District of Columbia and California do the best (40.2% and 40.1% met the goal respectively)

For the vegetable-consumption goal of THREE or more servings a day:

  • 26.3% of American meet the goal
  • No state has 35% or more of residents who meet the goal
  • South Dakota has the fewest residents who meet the goal (19.6%)
  • Residents in Tennessee are doing the best (33.0% meet the target)

Here's what counts as one serving:

  • 1 cup fresh (size of a baseball)
  • Half cup 100% fruit or veggie juice
  • Half cup canned veggies or fruit, canned in natural juice
  • Half cup pureed fruit or veggies
  • Quarter cup dried veggies or unsweetened dried fruit, or sweetened with 100% juice (size of a golf ball)

When it comes to getting enough sleep, I struggle with my goal of getting 8 hours a night, but I can probably count on one hand the number of days in the year that I fall short of my "two by four" goal (I strive for two serving of fruit a day and four of veggies each day).

If you're in the majority and don't hit the mark come back next week – I'll share tips for how to fill the gap!



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