DENVER – Most people know that fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are sweet, crunchy, juicy, and refreshing. Adults are generally advised to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily to ensure proper nutrition and a healthy weight. But have you ever noticed that fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t always available or are very expensive?
“A Half-Empty Plate” by the Food Research and Action Center reports that a disturbingly high percentage of Coloradan households – nearly one in 10 – have experienced difficulty obtaining fresh fruits and vegetables. The report contains an analysis of data collected by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project. Every day since Jan. 2, 2008, interviewers have asked 1,000 households, “In the city or area where you live, is it easy or not easy to get affordable fresh fruits and vegetables?”
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