We were surprised, pleasantly surprised, to read that the highest per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables in the US is right here in Washington DC. Yes, WDC. According to a new CDC report, 20.1% of (adult) DC residents eat at least 2 servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables daily. That’s good news.
Healthier, more accessible and more affordable food is one factor. DC has more than twice the national average of farmers markets (per capita) and more than twice the national average of our DC farmers markets accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. More state by state comparisons can be found here.
In the not so good news category, only 8.8 percent of DC kids in grades 9 through 12 consumed two fruits and three vegetables daily. More work is needed in this area – and having an organic garden at the White House and Michelle Obama as an advocate for healthy eating is good news.