Increasing the Amount of Fruits and Vegetables Young Children Eat

According to a CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) review regarding Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, few children consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that children aged 4 to 8 years consume up to 2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day, yet many fall short of this recommendation with average daily consumption at 0.8 cups of vegetables and 1.2 cups of fruit per day. Inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables increases the risk for obesity — which currently affects 18% of young children.  How do your students compare?  Healthy Start programs offer ways to help children, their families, and schools increase the amount of fruits and vegetables young children eat every day.