Prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity by race/ethnicity--United States, 2005

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2007 Apr 6;56(13):301-4.


Diets high in fruits and vegetables and participation in regular physical activity are associated with a lower risk for several chronic diseases and conditions. The National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Cancer Society both emphasize lifestyle modifications that include diet and physical activity to reduce disease risk. These are also two of the strategies implemented by states participating in CDC's Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases. To examine the combined prevalence of 1) consumption of fruits and vegetables five or more times per day and 2) regular physical activity among U.S. adults by race/ethnicity, CDC analyzed self-reported data from the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report describes the results of that analysis, which indicated that the combined prevalence of these two behavioral strategies was higher among men of multiple/other races (16.5%) compared with non-Hispanic white men (12.6%). In addition, only 12.6% of non-Hispanic black women and 14.8% of Hispanic women, compared with 17.4% of non-Hispanic white women, engaged in these two behavioral strategies. These results underscore the need to promote diets high in fruits and vegetables and regular physical activity among all populations in the United States and among racial and ethnic minority communities in particular.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Diet / ethnology*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Fruit*
  • Health Behavior / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Life Style / ethnology*
  • Male
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vegetables*