Catron County Health Highlights: Percentage of Adolescents Who Ate Five or More Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily
Nutrition: Adolescent Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Catron County Compared to State
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The community value is considered statistically significantly different from the state value if the state value is outside the range of the community's 95% confidence interval. If the community's data or 95% confidence interval information is not available, a blank gauge image will be displayed with the message, "missing information."NOTE: The labels used on the gauge graphic are meant to describe the community's status in plain language. The placement of the gauge needle is based solely on the statistical difference between the community and state values. When selecting priority health issues to work on, a community should take into account additional factors such as how much improvement could be made, the U.S. value, the statistical stability of the community number, the severity of the health condition, and whether the difference is clinically significant.
Why Is This Important?Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other compounds that may help prevent many chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers (1). Fruits and vegetables also help people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, because they are relatively low in energy density (2). To promote health and prevent chronic diseases, the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 2 cups of fruit per day for a standard 2,000 calorie diet, with recommendations based on an individual's age, gender, and activity level (3).
Evidence-based PracticesFor persons to make healthy food choices, healthy food options must be available and accessible. Families living in low-income neighborhoods and rural areas of the state often have less access to healthier food and beverage choices than those in more urban, higher-income areas. Here are some things communities may do.(4)
- Making healthy food choices available and affordable in public venues
- Restricting availability of less healthy options in public venues
- Improve Geographic Availability of Supermarkets in Underserved Areas
- Provide Incentives to Food Retailers to Locate in and/or Offer Healthier Food and Beverage Choices in Underserved Areas
- Improve Availability of Mechanisms for Purchasing Foods from Farms
- Provide Incentives for the Production, Distribution, and Procurement of Foods from Local Farms- Institute Smaller Portion Size Options in Public Service Venues
- Limit Advertisements of Less Healthy Foods and Beverages
- Discourage Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
Percentage of Adolescents Who Ate Five or More Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Daily by County, New Mexico, 2003-2009
NoteThe Sandoval county rate has been suppressed because it is not representative of Sandoval County. The NM, overall, value was calculated from the standard CDC YRRS dataset and is consistent with the rates found on the CDC Website. The county values were calculated from a special New Mexico dataset that has a larger survey sample size. The U.S. Value is for 2009.
Data SourcesNew Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, New Mexico Department of Health and Public Education Department.
Measure Description for Nutrition: Adolescent Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Definition: Percentage of high school students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day
Numerator: Number of high school students who ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day
Denominator: Number of high school students in the sample from the Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey
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Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/11/2011