The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) is pleased to announce the release of a new Information for Action (IFA) report based on data from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The report “Percentage of Adults Who Consume No Fruits or Vegetables in New York State by County, BRFSS 2016” presents data on no daily consumption of fruits or vegetables by county in NYS.
According to the report, about one-third of adults (31.2%) in NYS consume no fruits or vegetables per day. Within NYS, the percentage of adults who consume no fruits or vegetables per day varies by county from 19.5% to 42.4%.
• The percentage of adults who consume no fruits or vegetables is highest in Jefferson (42.4%), Chautauqua (36.3%) and Franklin (35.7%).
• The percentage of adults who consume no fruits or vegetables is lowest in Columbia (19.5%), Essex (19.5%) and Greene (20.1%).
• Among New York City boroughs, the percentage of adults who consume no fruits or vegetables is highest in Bronx (40.6%) and lowest in Manhattan (28.8%).
To improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, the Prevention Agenda focuses on creating community environments that promote and support healthy food and beverage choices. Relevant goals include: increasing access to healthy and affordable foods and beverages, increasing skills and knowledge to support healthy food and beverage choices, and increasing food security. More information about the Prevention Agenda 2019-2024 and the recommended strategies can be found on the NYSDOH website: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/prevention_agenda/2019-2024/
Additional IFAs, BRFSS briefs, county level data and other reports on chronic disease indicators are available on the NYSDOH Public Website: