Whether you are a parent, guardian, educator, food service director, or other person who interacts with children in Maine, your influence is working.
Data from the 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) indicate that 74% of fifth and sixth graders choose fruit two or more times daily. Kids are getting the message and are choosing to eat fruit. Fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are important to kids while they grow, learn, and play.
Nutrition experts recommend:
|Kids (ages 4-8)||Kids (ages 9-13)||Teens (14+) & Adults|
|Male||½ cups per day||½ cups per day||2 cups per day|
|Female||½ cups per day||½ cups per day||1½ cups per day|
Together, we can do the things that we know make a difference. We can continue to role model eating fruit daily and keep offering fruit at home, school, and on-the-go.
The more we share this message, the more others can be inspired to offer fruit to Maine kids.
Want to find out more creative ways to add fruit to your child’s day? Check out the Maine SNAP-Ed recipe page and search for “fruit”. https://www.mainesnap-ed.org/recipes/
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