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Eat Smart: Report Card — Fruit consumption

Fruits and vegetables provide a variety of health benefits and may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and  perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
 
Learn more about fruit and how to eat more.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a minimum of 2 cups daily of fruit.

How do King County employees and their spouses/domestic partners stack up? Improving but does not the national goal. How do King County employees and their spouses/domestic partners stack up?
Improving but does not meet the national goal.
 
In 2008 almost two-thirds (66%) of Wellness Assessment respondents reported that they ate 2 or more servings of fruit daily. This is an increase of almost 16% since 2006.
 

percentage of Wellness Assessment respondents who exceeded the daily recommendation for fruit consumption by year, 2006-2008

 
Healthy People 2010 specifies the health objectives for the nation. The Healthy People 2010 goal for fruit consumption is:
  • Objective 19-5: Increase the proportion of persons aged 2 years and older who consume who consume at least two daily servings of fruit to 75% or more.
King County currently does not meet the Healthy People 2010 goal for consumption of at least two daily servings of fruit.