Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2015-2018. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), 2015–2020, recommends consuming different types of vegetables, including dark green, red or orange, starchy, and other vegetables, and fruit, especially whole fruit. Fruits and vegetables are part of healthy eating patterns; they are sources of many essential nutrients, fiber and phytochemicals, and are associated with decreased risk of chronic diseases. This report examines the percentage of children and adolescents aged 2–19 who consumed fruits and vegetables on a given day in 2015–2018. Download the report here.
Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool. The North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network just released their second edition of the Reach for the Stars with Farm to Preschool. This resource is designed to help child care centers and family child care homes easily integrate farm to preschool activities into their curriculum while simultaneously addressing the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, revised edition (ECERS-R) and Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale, revised edition (ITERS-R). Reach for the Stars is also included in the recently revised Growing Minds Farm to Preschool Toolkit.
2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey – In 2018, the National Farm to School Network and Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems surveyed early care and education (ECE) providers across the country to better understand current initiatives, motivations and challenges in applying farm to school activities in early care and education settings. Nearly 2,030 providers serving 255,257 young children in 45 states and Washington, D.C. responded and shared with us the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. Click here to explore the survey results.
Using Law and Policy to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States – The report, The Role of Law and Policy in Achieving the Healthy People 2020 Nutrition and Weight Status Goals of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake in the United States, documents policy solutions that can help communities increase access to and intake of fruits and vegetables in support of Healthy People 2020 nutrition objectives. Download the report here.
State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2018 – CDC’s 2018 State Indicator Report highlights state-level policies and supports that increase access to fruits and vegetables. Download the report 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.
Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Council Member Activities