Report: NH residents need more fruit, veggies

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A new report says New Hampshire residents aren't getting enough fruit and vegetables.

On average in the United States, adults consume 1.6 services of vegetables per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New Hampshire, adults average 1.8 servings. The recommendation is for at least five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

According to the report, in 2013 30 percent of adults and 37 percent of adolescents in New Hampshire reported eating fruits less than once a day, while 18 percent of adults and 32 percent of adolescents reported eating vegetables less than once a day. However, New Hampshire has fewer healthier food retailers compared with the national average.

"As more is learned about nutrition and its effect on our overall health, the more important the consumption of fruits and vegetables becomes as part of a healthy diet," said Dr. José Montero, director of public health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Montero said he is pleased that New Hampshire ranks above average, "but we can and should do better for ourselves and our families and New Hampshire."



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