Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Council

National Council of Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators

The National Council is comprised of each state's Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinator. The Council is a part of the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN).

Our Vision
Strong policies, programs, and environments that increase access to and support consumption of Fruits and Vegetables.

Our Mission
To serve as an organized voice of state public health nutrition leaders in decisions affecting fruit and vegetable public health planning.

Our current leadership includes:
• Ashley Davis (OH), Chair
• Lisa Gemlo (MN), Chair-Elect and
• Diane Peck (AK), Past Chair

F&V Nutrition Council Quarterly Webinars

FV Nutrition Council Quarterly Webinars.  Please mark your calendars with the following dates for the upcoming webinars.  We hope you can attend and participate.  The one-hour webinars begin at 1:00pm (ET); noon (CT); 11:00am (MT); and 10:00am (PT).  The dates for upcoming webinars are:

September 12, 2017 - NGO Initiatives to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption  

Dorothea Vafiadis with the American Heart Association and  Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak with Produce for Better Health Foundation will discuss their agencies’ initiatives to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables and their tools to assist state and local efforts. Both are also co-chairs of the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance and will provide an update on the group’s activities.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 317-451-357 Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? Dial: Cisco devices: 317451357@

Click here to access meeting materials.

December 5, 2017 - SNAP-Ed Strategies for Fruits & Vegetables; Donna Johnson-Bailey, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

March 6, 2018 - CDC Update

July 10, 2018 - TBA

Click here to access previous calls.

Reminder.  Do you have resources or information you would like to share with other F & V Nutrition Coordinators?  If so, send it to Sandy Perkins for distribution. 

Helpful Resources

Health & Wellness Resource Guide for Fruits & Vegetables - The Guide includes new nutrition fact panels, health and nutrient content claims, social media posts, and healthy recipes with photos for 41 top produce items, with enhanced information about artichokes, potatoes, pears, and 100% Concord Grape Juice.  Background information on consumption trends and responses to common consumer questions are also provided.  Download the guide here.

A new Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Fruit and Vegetable (F&V) Module was approved by the state BRFSS Coordinators and will be implemented in 2017 BRFSS core component. 

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of Key Recommendations with specific nutritional targets and dietary limits.

Produce for Better Health Foundation has released the 2015 Gap Analysis: The Fruit & Vegetable Consumption Challenge, How Federal Spending Falls Short of Addressing Public Health Needs.  The report shows  fruit and vegetable consumption gap is large, chronic and growing: Dietary Guidelines’ recommendations continue to greatly exceed per capita intake.

USDA Farm to School's Revised Local Procurement Guide 
USDA Farm to School's revised local procurement guide is now available. Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations. For more information, click here.
Local Food Meets SNAP-Ed in Calistoga, CA Schools
With support from Napa County’s Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc. program, Calistoga Joint Unified School District (CJUSD) serves local fresh vegetables straight from the school garden in summer meals as part of the Seamless Summer Option. With SNAP-Ed funding, Healthy Cooking with Kids, Inc. provides health educators and garden specialists to assist with the CJUSD’s school garden-to-cafeteria program. Read more here.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Can Help Reduce Childhood Obesity Rates 
Elementary schools in Arkansas that participated in USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) experienced a decline in obesity rates,according to a study from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. The study found that once FFVP began, obesity rates declined from 20 percent to 17 percent in the sampled low-income elementary schools. Read more here.
New Study Shows Healthier Lunches in Secondary Schools
Significantly more secondary school students attended schools with healthier lunches in the spring of 2013, the first year of updated school meal nutrition standards, than did two years earlier, according to a study published recently in Preventive Medicine. Read more about the study here.
National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance

The National Council of Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators is a member of the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA).  The Alliance brings together government agencies, noprofit organizations and industry to work for increased  access nationwide and demand for fruits and vegetables to improve public health.

The Canned Food Alliance, a member of the NFVA, has developed the following fact sheets to encourage consumtion of fruits and vegetables.

Partnering with the National Council of Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators

The Council's partners assist and collaborate with us to provide resources and learning opportunities for Nutrition Coordinators.  Our partners include:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity  

Produce for Better Health Foundation

United Fresh Produce Association

National Farm to School Network

National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance

Wholesome Wave

Here are ways that your organization or agency can partner with the Fruit & Vegetable Council:
•     Collaborate with the Council to provide insight and guidance on decisions that affect national fruit and vegetable public health policies and planning.

•     Work with the Council to connect relevant work with Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators from each state, territory and the District of Columbia.

•     Coordinate with the Council to broaden the scope and reach of state and national strategies that improve fruit and vegetable consumption.

If you are interested in working with the Council, contact Sandy Perkins.

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