Vegetable Consumption

Definition: Percent of adults who consumed vegetables less than one time per day.

Importance
Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Fruits and vegetables, as part of a healthy diet, are important for optimal child growth, weight management and chronic disease prevention. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.

Where We Are
In 2013, 17.2% of adults in Douglas County consumed vegetables less than one time per day. Douglas County had a lower percentage than the State of Kansas and U.S. for 2013.

Health Disparities
Among adults in Douglas County in 2013: More men reported consuming vegetables less than one time per day.

Healthy People 2020 Goal
Not available.

Additional Information
Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories. None have cholesterol (Sauces or seasonings may add fat, calories, or cholesterol). Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the vegetable group. Vegetables may be:
  • Fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated
  • Raw or cooked
  • Whole, cut, or mashed
Fruit Consumption Trend Analysis
Fruit Consumption Disparity Analysis