High intake of fruits and vegetables (FV) is associated with a decreased risk for many chronic diseases and may assist in weight management, but few children and adolescents consume the recommended amounts of FV. The pediatric practitioner can positively influence FV consumption of children through patient-level interventions (eg, counseling, connecting families to community resources), community-level interventions (eg, advocacy, community involvement), and health care facility-level interventions (eg, creating a healthy food environment in the clinical setting). This article reviews the importance of FV consumption, recommended intakes for children, and strategies by which pediatric practitioners can influence FV consumption of children.
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, USA. SKim3 [at] cdc.gov
Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011 Dec;58(6):1439-53, xi
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