Today's Teens Slacking on Fruit, Veggie Intake
Despite recent national initiatives to encourage healthy eating habits, teens in middle adolescence are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than in 1999, a new study reveals. And the situation only worsens as teens get older.
"Fruit and vegetable intake is important for the prevention of future chronic disease," said lead investigator and registered dietitian Nicole Larson, M.P.H. "So it's important to know whether intakes of teens are approaching national objectives for fruit and vegetable consumption."
Larson and colleagues from the University of Minnesota undertook the study to examine whether or not teens in the state were increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables as recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services