1) Larson and colleagues from the University of Minnesota undertook the study to examine whether or not teens in the state were increasing their intake of fruits and vegetables.
2) Fruit and vegetable intake is important for the prevention of future chronic disease. So it's important to know whether intakes of teens are approaching national objectives for fruit and vegetable consumption.
3) This is giving us the message that we need new and enhanced efforts to increase fruit and vegetable intake that we haven't been doing in the past.
4) The study gathered information about fruit and vegetable intake among 944 boys and 1.161 girls in 1999 and again in 2004.
5) Teens in middle adolescence are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than in 1999. Larson and colleagues found.