Disability in Focus: September 2018

Fruit and Vegetables: More Matters for People with Disabilities


Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and minerals that help keep a body healthy.  Choosing fruits and vegetables more often than junk food or sugar-sweetened drinks also helps to maintain a healthy weight.  This is especially important for people with disabilities, who are almost two times more likely to be obese than people without disabilities and who can be at greater risk for secondary health problems.

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Adults with mobility and/or cognitive disabilities are less likely than adults without disabilities to eat fruit or vegetables at least once a day.

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Adults with mobility and/or cognitive disabilities are more likely than adults without disabilities to drink sugar-sweetened beverages at least once a day.

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Policy Options to Promote Healthy Food and Beverage Choices

  • September is "Fruit and Vegetables: More Matters" Month - share accessible and inclusive messages about healthy eating (DPH can help)
  • Facilitate access to health promotion efforts such as Nutrition is for Everyone
  • Assist early intervention programs to offer practical strategies families can use to make fruit and vegetables part of their daily routine
  • Encourage health care providers to discuss healthy food and beverage choices with their patients with disabilities
  • Educate direct support providers about the importance of healthy eating and non-sugary beverages - for their own health and the health of the individuals they support

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Data source: 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

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