U.S. teens don’t eat enough fruits and veggies. This is never a surprising thing for us. It has been known to the public that children and teenagers are really having a hard time dealing with fruits and vegetables. But this becoming a norm does not necessarily mean that we need not to do anything at all. We all know the beauty of these foods and we do not want our children to unable to get it.
According to the research conducted, only about 33% of teenagers are able to manage to eat fruits and vegetables once a day. And it has been found out that males are able to eat more of these healthy foods than the girls. The black and Hispanic Americans are found out to be the least consumers of the said nutritious foods. The test was conducted among the graders in the ninth to twelfth levels. It was concluded that the higher levels consume less than the lower ones.
If a teenager works about 30 minutes of outdoor activities, 1.5 cups to 2.5 cups of vegetables are required for a female, and 2 cups to 3 cups for a male. This is the recommendation made by the Department of Health.
The issue with regards the lesser consumption of veggies and fruits by the teenagers is not as simple as we think it is. The health condition and their growth in totality is what at risk. Therefore, some campaigns have been introduced to give cure to the problem. School gardening, presence of salad bar in schools and farm-to-school initiatives are just three of the campaigns that were launched.
It is not yet too late for the teens! With just the right guide, we can be able to help them achieve a healthy and better lifestyle. Let us start, now!