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Health Highlight Report for Taos County

Nutrition - Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: Percentage Consuming Five a Day, 2013, 2015, 2017

  • Taos County
    22.5%
    95% Confidence Interval (16.7% - 29.6%)
    Statistical StabilityStable
    New Mexico
    16.9%
    U.S.DNA
    DNA=Data not available.
  • Taos County Compared to State

    gauge ranking
    Description of Dashboard Gauge

    Description of the Dashboard Gauge

    This "dashboard" type graphic is based on the community data on the right. It compares the community value on this indicator to the state overall value.
    • Excellent = The community's value on this indicator is BETTER than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.
    • Watch = The community's value is BETTER than state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Improvement Needed = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, but the difference IS NOT statistically significant.
    • Reason for Concern = The community's value on this indicator is WORSE than the state value, and the difference IS statistically significant.

    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 heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers (1). Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss (1). Fruits and vegetables can 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 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults eat 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day for a standard 2,000 calorie diet, with varying recommendations based on an individual's age, gender, and activity level (3).

How Are We Doing?

The majority of New Mexico adults do not consume 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables a day. American Indians were significantly more likely to consume 5+ servings per day than Hispanics and Whites, and women were significantly more likely to consume 5+ servings per day than men.

What Is Being Done?

The NM Department of Health (NMDOH) Obesity, Nutrition, and Physical Activity Program; the NMDOH Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDIPR), and NM State University are coordinating efforts to provide monthly scheduled nutrition education through food tastings and cooking demonstrations for WIC and FDIPR recipients using fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Evidence-based Practices

For people 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. Below are some strategies communities may use to support healthy eating (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 goods from farms - Provide incentives for the production, distribution, and procurement of foods from local farms - Limit advertisements of less healthy foods and beverages

Healthy People Objective NWS-15:

Increase the variety and contribution of vegetables to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Note

The fruit and vegetable (5-a-Day) consumption questions were administered only in odd years.  **Data were not available for some counties due to insufficient numbers of people (fewer than 50) from those counties who were surveyed in the BRFSS. The county-level BRFSS data used for this indicator report were weighted to be representative of the New Mexico Health Region populations. Had the data been weighted to be representative of each county population, the results would likely have been different.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.   U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BRFSS Prevalence and Trends Data, [https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/brfssprevalence].  

Measure Description for Nutrition - Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Definition: Percentage of adults who report consuming fruits and vegetables five or more times per day.
Numerator: Number of adults who report consuming fruits and vegetables five or more times per day
Denominator: Number of adults in the survey sample

Indicator Profile Report

Percentage of Adults Who Reported Consuming 5+ Fruits and Vegetables Each Day (exits this report)

Date Content Last Updated

12/19/2018
The information provided above is from the New Mexico Department of Health's NM-IBIS web site (http://ibis.health.state.nm.us). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: "Retrieved Wed, 13 November 2019 from New Mexico Department of Health, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.health.state.nm.us".

Content updated: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 11:52:53 MDT