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Despite federal guidelines encouraging Americans to consume more fruits and vegetables and fewer energy-dense foods and sugar-sweetened beverages, current data suggests that the majority of Nebraska adults and youth do not meet recommendations.
According to the 2009 Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Survey:
- Fewer than 1 in 4 adults consumed 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day in 2009.
- Women are more likely to consume 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day, on average, compared to men.
According to the 2009 Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey:
- Only 1 in 4 students reported eating fruit at least twice per day.
- Only 1 in 10 students reported eating vegetables at least 3 times per day.
- Nearly 1 in 4 students reported drinking a can, bottle, or glass of soda/pop at least once per day.
- Fewer than 1 in 5 students reported drinking a glass of milk at least 3 times per day.
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