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Health Indicator Report of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Adolescents in Grades 9 to 12

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other compounds that may help prevent many chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers. Fruits and vegetables also help people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, because they are relatively low in energy density.


Data are only collected in odd-numbered years.   This is a Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) objective.

Data Source

New Jersey Student Health Survey, Office of Student Support Services, Division of Student Services and Career Readiness, New Jersey Department of Education


The percentage of surveyed adolescents in grades 9 to 12 who reported consuming five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables (including legumes).


The number of survey respondents who reported consuming at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables (including legumes).


The total number of survey respondents.

Other Objectives

Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective NF-2b: Increase the proportion of high school students (grades 9-12) consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day to 22.1% among the total population, 19.7% among Whites, 23.7% among Blacks, and 20.9% among Hispanics. (Data for Asians are not available, thus no target was set.)

How Are We Doing?

Fewer than one in five (19%) New Jersey adolescents consume 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables in a day. Among obese adolescents only 15% consumed the recommended daily amounts of fruit and vegetables.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Nationwide, more adolescents consume the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables compared to New Jersey adolescents (21% vs. 19%).

Health Program Information

NJDOH Nutrition and Fitness Program:
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