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Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

This indicator shows the percentage of adults who eat fruits and vegetables five or more times per day.

Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

23.8
23.3
Comparison: TX State Value 

23.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2009

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Diabetes, Health / Heart Disease & Stroke
Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

It is essential to eat a fresh, healthy and balanced diet in order to maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease. Numerous studies have shown a clear link between the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables consumed and rates of chronic diseases, especially cancer. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, about 35 percent of all cancers can be prevented through increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The USDA currently recommends four and one-half cups (nine servings) of fruits and vegetables daily for a 2,000-calorie diet, with higher or lower amounts depending on the caloric level. Despite the benefits, many people still do not eat recommended levels of fruits and vegetables.

Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption : Time Series

2005: 20.1 2007: 25.5 2009: 23.3

percent

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Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Comparison: Prior Value 

23.3

percent
Measurement Period: 2009

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

View Every County

Categories: Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight, Health / Diabetes, Health / Heart Disease & Stroke
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

It is essential to eat a fresh, healthy and balanced diet in order to maintain a healthy weight and prevent chronic disease. Numerous studies have shown a clear link between the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables consumed and rates of chronic diseases, especially cancer. According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, about 35 percent of all cancers can be prevented through increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The USDA currently recommends four and one-half cups (nine servings) of fruits and vegetables daily for a 2,000-calorie diet, with higher or lower amounts depending on the caloric level. Despite the benefits, many people still do not eat recommended levels of fruits and vegetables.

Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption : Time Series

2005: 20.1 2007: 25.5 2009: 23.3

percent

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Create Indicator Comparison Report