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HealthDay News reports that Americans have largely not embraced the US government goals for how many vegetables and fruits people should eat each day.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the story says, “in 2009, 67.5 percent of adults ate fruit less than two times daily and 73.7 percent ate vegetables less than three times per day. The goals of Healthy People 2010 were for 75 percent of people to eat at least two servings of fruit and 50 percent to eat at least three servings of vegetables every day.”

Dr. Jennifer Foltz, a researcher in the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, tells HealthDay News that in order to get people closer to the national goals, the CDC will promote new programs that “involve promoting gardening, farmer's markets and bringing more fruits and vegetables into schools and workplaces ... In addition, Foltz said there could be programs to help retailers increase the availability of fruits and vegetables through incentives like tax breaks as well as making it easier for low-income people to afford fresh fruit and vegetables.”
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