Data from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System concluded that 81.7% of high school students in Illinois do not consume the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. These nutrient-packed foods are great sources of antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce inflammation and could help reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as heart disease, even as teenagers.
Start today! 5 servings of fruits and vegetables is an achievable goal if you plan ahead and space your servings throughout the day. Start with a piece of fruit at breakfast or on your way out the door. Try a colorful salad at lunch or add a side of vegetables. You’ll be at 5 before you know it!