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Published:September 23rd, 2010 15:11 EST

Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Down Among Teens

By SOP newswire2

Hockessin, Del. -  New data shows children under the age of 12 have been eating more fruits and vegetables since 2004. Children under the age of 6 increased their fruit consumption by 11 percent from 2004 through 2009, while consumption for ages 6-12 increased by 7 percent. The vegetable trend was slightly less positive, but still an improvement, with children under the age of six consuming 3 percent more vegetables over the last 5 years and 6-12 year-olds consuming 2 percent more. Teen consumption of fruit and vegetables is on the decline, however, with a 6 percent decrease in vegetable consumption and a 2 percent decrease in fruit consumption since 2004. ### 


Additional data from this study regarding the fruit and vegetable consumption of adults was generally consistent with findings the CDC study published in the September 10 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly which indicated that last year`s adult fruit consumption was down slightly and that vegetable consumption was about the same as reported in 2000.


"As president and CEO of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), I`m pleased to see that at least our younger children are consuming more fruits and vegetables," said Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D. "However, the decrease in fruit and vegetable consumption as children move into their teen years is troublesome. Is it because fruits and vegetables aren`t available at school, or because it isn`t `cool` to eat them anymore, thanks to extensive marketing of less nutritious foods, or a combination of these factors and others?  Regardless, we still have a long way to go to get consumption up to recommended levels. We applaud the efforts of parents and policy makers that have helped increase consumption among younger children; we simply encourage them to do more of it."


For ideas on how do more, parents can take America`s More Matters Pledge and strive to provide healthy fruits and vegetables to their children at home, while on the go, and at school.


This new data was obtained from research commissioned by PBH and conducted by NPD Foodworld® Group Research.  Details about findings and methodology are found here. 
About Produce for Better Health Foundation
Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) fruit and vegetable education foundation.  Since 1991, PBH has been working hard to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health.  PBH achieves success through industry and government collaboration, first with the 5 A Day program and now with the Fruits & Veggies-More Matters® public health initiative.  Fruits & Veggies-More Matters is the nation`s largest public-private, fruit and vegetable nutrition education initiative with Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators in each state, territory and the military.

PBH is also a member and co-chair with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) of the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA), consisting of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry working to collaboratively and synergistically achieve increased nationwide access and demand for all forms off fruits and vegetables for improved public health. To learn more, visit and