Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that are important for good health. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of certain cancers and chronic diseases. The recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is 5 or more servings per day
(CDC 5 A Day: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/5ADay/).
In 2005, 76.3% of Arizona adults, and 76.8% of U.S. adults, said they consumed less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (BRFSS 2005). Approximately 84.8% of Arizona youth in grades 9-12 consumed less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day in the past 7 days and 80.0% drank less than 3 glasses of milk per day during the past 7 days in 2005 (YRBSS 2005).
Apache County Nutrition Program features nutrition education and counseling to Apache County residents through the following programs: