Updated March 2017
Author: Physical Activity and Nutrition Program, Vermont Department of Health
The recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables for adults is 5 servings. At every meal, half of the plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. National data and best practices indicate consuming the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is beneficial and helps reduce the risk of obesity.
In 2015, the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data showed that 79% of Vermont adults reported they did not eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This is the same as the 2013 level.
The Vermont Department of Health, along with its partners below, works to increase Vermonters access to fruits and vegetables through promotion of local foods and farmers markets, funding taste testing and cooking classes for low income Vermonters, and promotion and funding of worksite gardens, along with working on the policy level through work on town plans to increase access to fruits and vegetables.