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Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

What This Indicator Measures

This indicator tracks the percentage of adults in Western New York who consume five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Why This Measure Matters

Fruits and vegetables contain a number of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that have been shown to help maintain a healthy weight and protect from chronic diseases, including stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, as well as certain cancers.

% Adults Eating 5 or More Servings of Fruit or Vegetables Daily

Data Sources & Notes

This chart presents summary level results from the New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported in the New York State Department of Health County Health Assessment Indicator (CHAI) reports for 2004-06.

A random sampling of adult respondents ages 18 and up were queried over the telephone in July 2003 about their health related behaviors, including the consumption of fruits and vegetables. 640 interviews were conducted in each of 38 localities sampled across New York State, which included from Western New York: Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans, Allegany and Wyoming Counties. Survey procedures paralleled those of the annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System administered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which collects similar data at the national and state levels.

Western New York's average reflects a population-weighted average, while the New York State average is reported by CHAI. The national average is from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as reported by the CDC.

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